Rep. Barker sees no change in state employee retirement system

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - District 102 State Representative Toby Barker says he doesn't believe the legislature will approve any changes to the state employee retirement system.

In August Governor Haley Barbour established a commission to examine the financial, management and investment structures, as well as determine the legality of modifying the system.

Barker says he believes changing the system would be breaking a commitment to state employees.

"I can tell you there is a strong commitment among the legislature that we are not going to alter the current retirees system and we're not going to alter or change the 13th check, not only for current retirees, but for future retirees," said Barker. "In our opinion the State of Mississippi has made a commitment and I believe there is a consensus among the legislature that we're going to keep to that commitment."

The 12 member commission is expected to have their recommendations to the Governor in November.

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