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Blunt Says, if Elected Governor, He'll Fire Ken Jacob

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Ken Jacob (KWMU file photo)

By AP/KWMU

Jefferson City, MO – Matt Blunt said Monday that if he's elected Governor, he'll revoke the recent appointment of State Senator Ken Jacob.

Outgoing Governor Bob Holden recently named Jacob to head the Labor and Industrial Relations Commission, shortly after Jacob lost a bid to be the Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor.

The move immediately makes Jacob eligible for a higher pension.

Blunt also said he'd push for making members of the Commission serve two years before getting retirement benefits.

The panel hears appeals in workers' compensation and some other cases.

Jacob would have been eligible for a maximum state pension of about $28,000 a year for his 22 years as a state lawmaker. But his state pension immediately jumped to more than $47,000 a year when he was appointed to the commission.

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