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Private Government Pensions

Date: August 26, 2013
By: Jessica Mensch
State Capitol Bureau

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A report from the Associated Press that Missouri is among states that are providing government pensions to private lobbyists has led to a call for the practice to stop.
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Wrap: The call comes from the powerful chairman of the Missouri House Government Oversight Committee.

Jay Barnes says the practice of allowing employees of private associations access to government pensions is unnacceptable and must be stopped:

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Description: Barnes calls on the legislature to prevent private organization employees from getting government pension coverage.

Five private education associations have employees covered by the retirement system that covers public school teachers and administrators.

From the State Capitol, I'm Jessica Mensch.

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Stories that Missouri is awarding government pensions to private persons has led to calls for an investigation.
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Wrap: The Associated Press reported that lobbyists in Missouri and about 20 other states are receiving public pensions.

The Missouri House Government Oversight Committee Chair Jay Barnes says that many members of these organizations should NOT be receiving benefits since they are not government employees.

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Description: Barnes said the legislature should close the door to assure public pensions in the future don't go to high-paid lobbyists.

Barnes says the legislature needs to take a closer look at who is receiving benefits and make sure private sector employees don't receive public pensions in the future.

In Missouri, school employee retirement benefit coverage was being provided to five private organizations that work in education.

From the State Capitol, I'm Jessica Mensch.


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