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July 1, 2013 |  By: Mullens/Holley

MWSU Pay Raises

An announcement by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon that he will be withholding additional funds in state appropriations means Missouri Western State University employees will have to wait for a pay increase.

Missouri Western's Board of Governor's had approved a budget Thursday that would have given faculty and staff a 3 percent salary increase. That increase was removed from the budget following the Governor's announcement. Assistant Public Relations Director for Missouri Western Kent Heier says cutting pay increases will make up the bulk of the budget shortfall, but he is hopeful the Governor will reinstate the funds because there is not much room for cutting.

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Heier says last year was the first year that faculty and staff had a pay increase following several years of pay freezes, he adds the staff is disappointed, but understanding.

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Governor Nixon announced he would restrict 400 million dollars from state appropriations in response to additional spending approved by the General Assembly and the possible override of his veto of the tax cut bill. He said if his veto is not overturned during the veto session scheduled in September, he will restore the 400 million dollars. Missouri Western President, Dr. Robert Vartabedian broke the news to faculty and staff in an e-mail. If the appropriation is restored, Missouri Western will give the 3 percent salary increases, retroactive to July 1.