Governor Matt Blunt joins the chorus of voices calling for change in the state pension system. Former State Senator Ken Jacob of Columbia accepted former Governor Bob Holden’s appointment to the State Labor and Industrial Relations Commission and served only three months. Still, that service increased his pension by $20,000. Governor Blunt points out he isn’t the only lawmaker to leave the House and Senate, to serve briefly on the Commission and benefit greatly. Blunt wants to impose a minimum time of service before a pension can be sweetened. He doesn’t want any time as an interim appointment – those not approved by the Senate – to count. Blunt says the Commission plays an important, public role and needs to be treated as a responsible government entity and not has a way for lawmakers to feather their nest. Legislation has been filed in both the House and Senate to address the issue.
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