Holden Appoints Retiring Legislator to High-Paying Job
Jefferson City, Mo. – Another retiring Missouri lawmaker has been appointed to a state commission job that carries a big paycheck.
Governor Holden Thursday tapped Senator Bill Foster of Poplar Bluff for the Labor and Industrial Relations Commission.
Another term-limited Senator, Ken Jacob, was appointed to the same panel last month. And many of the panel's recent members are former lawmakers.
Holden and Jacob are Democrats. Foster is a Republican.
The commission hears appeals on workers' compensation cases, unemployment benefits and crime victims' compensation.
Its members earn about $94,000 a year and are eligible for heftier retirement plan than most state workers.
Foster says he didn't take the job because of the money. He says he's interested in issues the commission handles.