Audio: State Senator Dan Hegeman on worker compensation, school funding and the distribution of COVID relief funds

Senator Dan Hegeman

State Senator Dan Hegeman of Cosby says state worker compensation will be one of the top issues facing legislators when they return to Jefferson City next month. Hegeman, a Republican who chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee, notes low state pay is costing the state some quality workers.



Hegeman says there is room in the state budget for across-the-board state employee pay raises.  Governor Mike Parson has proposed a 5-and-a-half percent pay raise for state employees. He will also ask legislators to set a $15.00 an hour minimum wage for state employees. The governor wants to enact pay raises by February 1st, which would require lawmakers to make adjustments to the current budget.

Hegeman says there is room in the state budget to increase school funding.



Hegeman says legislators need to address the federal COVID relief funds early on in the next legislative session. He notes the funding must be allocated by March.



The federal funds from the American Rescue Plan might need to be handled separately, but he says that likely will be up to the House, where all budget bills originate.

State lawmakers head back to Jefferson City next month for the next session.