Message to Staff: Feb. 21 2019
Hello, Corrections Family,
Since announcing our proposed pay plan last month, my team and I have been working tirelessly at the Capitol to get the plan approved by the General Assembly. We want to ensure that all legislators know about the important and difficult work you do and that they understand the vital role a pay increase plays in attracting, retaining and rewarding great staff.
I’m also committed to keeping you updated on what is happening throughout the legislative process. Many of you are optimistic, while others are skeptical and will “believe it when you see it”— a position I respect. Whichever side of the fence you are on, I want to make sure you have accurate updates.
Governor Parson and his team have been 100% supportive of you and of this plan, and so far legislators have given us resoundingly positive feedback. Staff members also have expressed support to department leaders and state representatives, and we’re grateful for this. Your positive attitude and commitment to the department will move us forward.
When my team began developing a plan for pay increases, we had two main goals in mind:
- Better pay for all staff
- Pay increases that reward experience and dedication
The proposed pay plan addresses both goals. If the plan passes, all staff will receive a 3% salary increase, and experienced staff will receive an additional 1% increase for every two years of continuous service, up to 20 years, on an ongoing basis.
Keep in mind that the pay plan has not yet been finalized and the legislature could still make modifications. Here is the update so far:
On January 24, we presented our budget in front of the House Budget Committee (the full committee) and explained the pay plan and the need for it. The pay plan was very well received by the members of the committee.
On January 31, we presented our budget in front of the Senate Appropriations Committee and provided the same explanation. The senators were also vocally supportive of the pay plan.
Yesterday the Subcommittee on House Appropriations met to discuss any amendments or changes to the MODOC budget. I am very pleased to say there were NO changes to the pay plan. This was the first opportunity for the legislature to make changes, and none were made. This is really good news! I will keep you updated as we progress through the process. But I can tell you this: So far, so good.
We are heading in the right direction. Thank you for all you do. Please continue to be professional, positive and, most important, safe.
Anne L. Precythe, Director
It’s about MISSOURIANS…It’s the PEOPLE’S money…and I’m proud of MY MISSOURI!