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Governor Endorses Changes to Certain Pensions

Plans to change the way certain government appointees collect tax-payer funded pensions have won the support of Missouri's governor. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

Republican Governor Matt Blunt talked about the appointment last fall of former Democratic senator Ken Jacob to serve on the Labor and Industrial Relations Commission.

Blunt says that even though Jacob only served for several months, Jacob's annual pension jumped nearly 20 thousand dollars.

He says he wants lawmakers to change the system.

Blunt says both Republican and Democratic have benefited from this pension increase after serving only brief stints on the commission.

The Labor and Industrial Relations Commission has three members who hear appeals in cases involving workers' compensation, unemployment compensation and victims of crime compensation.

Blunt says the commission shouldn't be a revolving door for former lawmakers.

Blunt is urging lawmakers to set a minimum number of years a commissioner must serve before being eligible for a pension.

He says he's not sure how many tax dollars that would save.

Blunt just appointed William ringer to serve as chairman of the Labor and Industrial Relations Commission, the neutral member of the three-person commission.

Ringer is a lawyer who says he's represented both employers and employees.

When Ringer was on the commission in the 1980's, he represented business.