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27 October 2011

Mayer: 25th District Citizen Appointed to Salary Review Interim Committee

Panel responsible for examining state worker wages

[Op. note: HCR32 is incorrectly identified as HCR42 in this missive. HCR42 calls on Congress to prohibit the EPA from regulating greenhouse gas emissions.]

JEFFERSON CITY – Missouri Senate Leader Robert N. Mayer, R-Dexter, recently appointed Mr. Brett Dorton of Dexter to serve on the Joint Interim Committee on State Employee Wages. Mr. Dorton was one of two Missouri citizens selected to serve on the panel, which includes three members of the Missouri Senate, three members from the House, one representative from the governor’s office, and one representative from the State Personnel Advisory Board.

“Attracting and maintaining a talented and dedicated workforce is essential to providing critical state services to our state’s citizens,” said Sen. Mayer. “Mr. Dorton’s background in the private banking industry will provide the panel with beneficial information on how to develop strategies for providing fair wages and benefit packages to Missouri’s state employees.”

The interim committee was created through the passage of House Concurrent Resolution 42 in May 2011. Members of the panel are responsible for comparing the wages of Missouri state employees to other state employees throughout the country, studying and developing strategies for increasing the wages of Missouri’s state employees, and reporting its findings to the Senate Appropriations Committee and House Budget Committee by Dec. 31, 2011.

“I look forward to this opportunity to serve the state, and to work with the members of this committee in seeking to develop a plan to more adequately support Missouri’s 57,000 state employees,” said Dorton. “These workers have been asked to ‘do more with less,’ and they have. It is vitally important to develop strategies to financially support and retain these talented and dedicated employees who serve the best interests of our state’s citizens.”

The committee held its first organizational meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at the State Capitol. Future meetings will be announced on the Missouri Senate website — — under the Senate Hearing Schedule link.

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