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Gov. Nixon rejects plan to block home health care worker raises

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is taking action to allow a wage hike for home care attendants. Nixon on Friday vetoed a legislative measure designed to block an agency rule change for an increase in those workers’ wages.

Lawmakers want to stop a proposed Department of Health and Senior Services rule that would raise the pay for home care attendants from the $7.65 an hour to a range between $8.50 and $10.15.

The workers care for aging Missourians and others who can’t care for themselves.

Some lawmakers say a wage hike should be up to the Legislature, and that the agency doesn’t have the authority to give those workers raises.

Nixon says home care workers deserve higher pay.

The measure passed the House and Senate with veto-proof majorities.

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