Missouri governor visits three state prisons to promote pay raise plan

JEFFERSON CITY • Armed with the promise of a long-sought pay raise for Missouri prison workers, Gov. Mike Parson visited three of the state’s 21 lock-ups Friday.

Parson, a Republican, made stops at facilities in Farmington, Bonne Terre and Charleston, where workers at the state’s largest agency could see raises of as much as 13 percent depending on how long they’ve worked for the Missouri Department of Corrections.

The money is included in the House version of the proposed state budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1. The estimated $8.3 million cost comes on top of $1,050 raises that went into effect last year in an attempt to slow the high rate of turnover in the agency.

 “The governor continues to work to boost staff morale,” Parson spokesman Steele Shippy told the Post-Dispatch on Friday.
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