Gov. Mike Parson visits Cape Girardeau, signs House Bill 14

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI)- Missouri Gov. Mike Parson gave a speech today at the Cape Girardeau Veterans Home before signing House Bill 14 for state employees, as they will see a bump in pay.

“No matter what your titles are, no matter what agencies you work for, you are public service. Our job every day is to go to work and to help the people of this state,” said Parson.

House Bill 14 secures an 8.7 percent cost-of-living pay increase for all state employees and a two dollar per hour shift differential for state congregate care staff.

House budget chair Cody Smith said in a press release that “this meaningful but measured cost of living adjustment to state worker pay will help Missouri retain its best employees and attract new talent. School safety grants will allow schools to implement security and safety measures to ensure a safe and productive educational environment.”

Parson added: “All the battles and all the things we’ve been through, we couldn’t have done it without state employees.”

A pay increase and educational safety grants are only a few things on the list.

With facility improvements, Sexual Assault Forensic Exam funding, and Black Vulture Mitigation efforts concentrated in southwest Missouri also are on the bill.

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