MoDOT lays off 100 people statewide

Wednesday, December 2, 2009 | 9:42 a.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Department of Transportation will lay off 100 people statewide to help fund the retirement system for its employees.

MoDOT Director Pete Rahn said cuts at the agency's 10 district offices will increase contributions to the Missouri Department of Transportation and Highway Patrol Employees' Retirement System.

Rahn tells The Kansas City Star the retirement system has an unfunded liability of about $1.6 billion because of struggling financial markets.

That means the department will have to increase its contribution to the retirement system by about $5.3 million a year for 15 years.

The department employs 6,600 people statewide.


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