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Missouri will chip in nearly $330 million next year to pay for state worker pensions.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports state government will pay about 20 percent more than in the current year largely because of lower investment returns and longer life expectancies. The board for the Missouri State Employees Retirement System approved the increase by a 10-1 vote.

State Budget Director Linda Luebbering says the increased payment is not a surprise.

City leaders are asking Columbia city council to allow them to make significant changes to the city’s benefit plans for new employees. It’s an effort to address the city’s ailing pensions.

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Budget writers in the Missouri Senate have crafted a proposal designed to preserve funding for blind pensions.