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Workers' Compensation Bill signed into law

March 30, 2005
By: Ian Roth
State Capital Bureau

Governor Matt Blunt finalized changes to the workers' compensation system today when he signed the bill into law.

Ian Roth has more from the State Capitol.

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The workers' compensation bill that Governor Blunt signed today places limitations on injuries that qualify for workers' compensation and will take effect August 28th.

Governor Blunt said passing bills such as the workers' compensation bill are important steps toward adopting his proposed budget.

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Contents: "Anybody that's opposed to the budget that I submitted in the Missouri General Assembly is for a tax increase. If you're opposed to reducing spending and you're opposed to reducing social welfare spending, you're for a tax increase."

Opponents to the bill and to Governor Blunt's budget proposal say that there are other ways to fix Missouri's revenue problems without raising taxes and without approving the proposed budget.

Reporting from the Jefferson City, I'm Ian Roth.

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Governor Blunt signed changes to workers' compensation into law today saying that accepting his proposed budget is the only way to avoid a tax increase in the state.

Ian Roth has more from the state Capitol.

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The workers' compensation bill the governor signed limits injuries that qualify for workers' compensation, and will take effect August 28th.

But members of the Democratic Caucus were more concerned by Governor Blunt's comments that not accepting his proposed budget is the same thing as supporting a state tax increase.

Representative John Burnett of Kansas City thinks there are other alternatives besides accepting the current budget proposal and raising taxes.

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Contents: "A tax raise is not necessary for work comp. reform. Workers' compensation benefits are not paid out of tax revenue; they are paid out of insurance that employers and employees together pay for."

Representative Burnett says he thinks it is wrong for Governor Blunt to make people think they must support his budget proposal to avoid raising taxes.

Reporting from Jefferson City, I'm Ian Roth.