No changes made for Missouri injured worker fund

7:44 PM, May 19, 2012   |    comments
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri's financially troubled fund for injured workers will not be getting relief from the Legislature for another year.

Lawmakers ended their annual session without adjusting the Second Injury Fund that currently has just over $9 million with unpaid bills topping $17 million.

The fund takes businesses off the hook for paying the claims of workers with previous injuries or conditions who are re-injured on the job. Analysts have warned for years the fund was on a path toward insolvency. Employers finance it through a surcharge that was capped under a 2005 law.

House Republicans say they have tried to address those financial problems and need help from others in state government to resolve the issue. Gov. Jay Nixon says the problem is not simple but must be fixed.

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