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Missouri lawmaker vows to try to block pay raises

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Ryan Famuliner
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KBIA

A Missouri lawmaker is vowing to block recommended pay increases for elected officials.

Rep. Mark Parkinson announced Thursday that he'll file a resolution against proposed salary increases next session.

A panel this week suggested 8 percent pay raises in fiscal year 2016 and again in 2017 for the governor and other statewide officials.

State lawmakers also would receive a $4,000 raise over two years.

But Parkinson, a St. Charles Republican, says the money could be better spent as the state's economy continues to recover.

Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey also opposes the increase, although at least one Democrat supports the measure.

Rep. Mike Colona of St. Louis says higher wages could help attract more candidates.

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