Crowell seeks to ‘level’ retirement plans

If state Sen. Jason Crowell gets his way, all future Missouri government employees served by the Missouri State Employees Retirement System (MOSERS) will have the same retirement benefits.

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“When we revisited our pension systems and made reforms during the special session a couple of years ago, one of the issues that crept up for discussion was, ‘Why do we have special retirement systems for different types of state workers?’” the Cape Girardeau Republican reminded his colleagues Wednesday. “It’s not right.”

His bill would treat statewide office holders, lawmakers and judges the same as “state workers who do the front line work of state government each and every day.”

Current law creates four different retirement plans with different benefits packages.

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