A local member of the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission says state will put the brakes on raises for MoDOT workers. Joe Carmichael says state budget cuts will prevent the pay hikes this year. He says the Commission is following suit with what's happening to workers in other areas of state government.

Carmichael is optimistic that it’s a brief bump in the road. “We expect once state revenues improve and the state budget becomes more certain, those will be lifted. That’s certainly our hope, and I think that’s a reasonable expectation. It’s not so good news today, but in the future we’ll move past it.”

Governor Jay Nixon has vetoed several spending bills in recent weeks, saying the General Assembly sent him a budget that was almost $800 million out of balance. Leaders of the Republican-controlled House and Senate counter that the governor is inflating the numbers.