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Parson Signs $4.6 Billion Budget Bill to Help K-12 Schools, Plus State Worker Pay Raises

Governor Mike Parson provides a COVID-19 update to leaders across the state during the Missouri Mayors United Call. (5/5/2021 - Photo by Missouri Governor Mike Parson Facebook Page).

(MISSOURINET) – Missouri’s state workers will be getting a pay raise and a total of roughly two-billion-dollars is headed to K-12 schools to help address pandemic-related needs. The Missouri Legislature has passed and Governor Parson has signed into law a 4.6-billion-dollar spending bill for the current budget year. Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Dan Hegeman says the plan allows state agencies to raise their minimum wage to 15-dollars-an-hour, if they choose, and a 5.5% cost-of-living adjustment for all state workers.

Hegeman says 20-million will also help address summer learning, 19-million-dollars is for teacher recruitment and retention grants and 19-million for mental health support.

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