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2008-12-02MARYVILLE, MO | By: Wayman
Brad Lager of Savannah has long run on a platform of saving money in state government.
Now, he tells KXCV news he's very disappointed in a citizen's group that is recommending a pay increase for lawmakers, judges, and statewide elected officials.
The statehouse is expected to take up the recommendation when it re-convenes in January.
But Lager says a change in the law two years ago could make it into a constitutional mandate where the general assembly will have no power to stop the process.
Lager says while families in Missouri are re-evaluating their spending and the state is preparing for a budget shortfall, now is not the time to pay elected officials more.
Lager says he'll be introducing a bill next session that could stop the salary increases.