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Missouri Veterans Home Employees Could See Higher Wages

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Missouri's Capitol Building in 2017.
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Employees at Missouri's veterans home could see wages climb as turnover soars in the state. 

This comes as Gov. Mike Parson and legislators attempt to boost the pay for all state workers to stop high turnover rates and growing overtime costs.

With a turnover rate of 80% , the Missouri Veterans Commission, which operates the state-run facilities, has asked lawmakers for $3 million in the next budget to pay for increases for more than 500 staffers.

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The state of Missouri has budgeted money to begin the process of building a news veterans' home and to upgrade two veterans' cemeteries.

World War I Veterans
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  A constitutional amendment that aims to construct a new veteran’s nursing home is moving through the Missouri House. The House gave its initial approval on Wednesday, April 29. 

The measure would give Missouri voters the ability to decide on the creation of new bonds that would pay for the construction of this new home. Those bonds could total up to $50 million, which is the estimated cost of the project.