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Lawmaker Picked for Staff Job

December 2, 1996
By: Phill Brooks
State Capital Bureau

Missouri's legislature has picked one of it's own for a high-salaried legislative staff position. Phill Brooks has thee story from Jefferson City:

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The legislature's joint committee on legislative research has selected the committee's own chairman for director of the office at a salary in excess of 60-thousand dollars a year.

The committee's vice chairman, Kansas City Senator Harry Wiggins, said he saw nothing wrong with the committee hiring its own chairman:

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Contents: Wiggins says a person should not be disqualified just because he's a legislator.
Wiggins presided over the closed-door meeting which selected south-east Missouri Democratic representative Don Prost to be director of legislative research.
A south-east Missouri lawmaker will see his salary more than doubled as a result of action by a legislative committee he had chaired. Phill Brooks has the story from Jefferson City:
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Getting the pay-raise will be Caruthersville Democrat Donald Prost.

He was hired as director of Legislative Research at closed-door meeting of the Joint Committee on Legislative Research. Prost chaired that committee. He told reporters that gave him the qualifications needed for the job:

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Contents: Prost says his experience as committee chairman gives him insights into the job.

Prost was selected over four other candidates. He begins his new job on the 13th of January at a salary of more than 68-thousand dollars.

As a legislator, he made nearly 27-thousand dollars.

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