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MORE JOB CUTS through storms
on mountain
By Doug Davis this week in e-mail inter-
news@ColumbiaMissourian.com views.
Even before Sean Ireton Ireton made it to the snow-
started his solo ascent of El packed summit; a photo he
Mulhacén, Spain’s second took suggests a crisp, clear
highest peak, his 11-year-old day. But on his descent, a sud-
son, Aidan, sensed something den storm forced him to find
might go wrong. shelter in what he described
In fact, Aidan was worried as a small refuge 1,000 feet
“even before Sean left, and he below the summit.
became very upset even after Back at the tent, his wife
Sean had only been gone after and son waited in the dark
a few hours cold for him
— which to appear.
seemed odd “Suddenly I was rolling At one point,
to me since they went
I’m usually down the slope and into the vil-
the one who
worries,” said
bouncing off the rocks lage to con-
tact police.
Aidan’s moth- below until I finally Finding no
er, Megan one who could
McKinstry. came to a stop.” help, they
Two days Sean Ireton returned to
later, Ireton, MU professor who attempted a solo the tent and
an associ- ascent of El Mulhacén waited anx-
ate professor iously.
of German A i d a n
at MU, returned to his fam- slept fitfully, but McKinstry
ANJALI PINTO/Missourian ily after a harrowing descent stayed awake. “I was terri-
through winter storms. He fied, and with every passing
Gov. Jay Nixon calls for more budget cuts and job creation in this annual address to Missourians. had broken a leg, endured hour, I became more fright-
two freezing days and nights ened,” she recalled. “The

Nixon calls for cuts Jobs a top priority and hobbled on ski poles for
more than 12 hours.
Ireton, 44, is on leave this
storms were formidable, and
I knew that the fact that Sean
hadn’t yet returned meant

of $253 million for Nixon, Missouri academic year at the Phil-


osophisches Institut at the
University of Düsseldorf in
that he had suffered some
sort of injury.”
Still, they tried to keep
By Ben Wieder unnecessarily bloated. By Rebecca Berg The recommendation was Germany. His wife, McKin- up each other’s spirits. “We
news@ColumbiaMissourian. “This is more about news@ColumbiaMissourian. met by mixed reactions stry, 39, is an adjunct instruc- were both trying to keep pos-
com demanding more from com from legislators, some wor- tor of German education at itive while Sean was miss-
JEFFERSON CITY — people left behind,” Lueb- JEFFERSON CITY ried that the move could MU. The family had camped ing,” McKinstry said.
Gov. Jay Nixon called job bering said. — Facing a state budget jeopardize the state’s reve- out in a tent near the ski vil- On the morning of Jan. 4,
growth his top legislative The Department of crisis and high unemploy- nue and burden taxpayers. lage of Pradollano as part of Ireton began his descent to
priority in his State of the Social Services would be ment numbers, Gov. Jay Meanwhile, state business a short vacation. a ridge that he knew “would
State address Wednesday, hardest hit by job cuts, but Nixon made clear Wednes- leaders largely expressed On the afternoon of Jan. 3, lead me back to the ski area
but his budget recommen- Luebbering said many of day in his State of the State support for the initiative. Ireton, an experienced moun- and my waiting family.” But
dation for next year calls these reductions would be address that he means busi- In his remarks to state taineer, began climbing the just before he reached it,
for a reduction of 544 state positions already vacant — ness — and wants to bring lawmakers, Nixon said 11,423-foot peak in the Sierra a second, far more severe
jobs. although increases in wel- more of it to Missouri. efforts by the government Nevada mountains. He and storm struck.
With more than 1,000 job fare programs would give In his annual speech to in the past year have cre- his wife shared their stories Please see spain, page 6A
cuts slated for the current the agency one of the larg- a joint session of the leg- ated jobs, helped small
fiscal year, the addition- est percentage increases

UM to survey employees
islature, Nixon called his businesses and attracted
al reduction would mean among the state’s depart- plan to bring more jobs to companies to the state.
Nixon had cut almost 1,800 ments. the state his “top legisla- “It’s clear that our key
state positions in his first Nixon’s budget recom- tive priority.”

about benefits, value


business incentives and
two years. mendation calls for $253 A primary facet of Nix- workforce investments
State Budget Director million in cuts, $121 mil- on’s proposed plan is to are bearing fruit,” he said.
Linda Luebbering said the lion of which is to come increase tax credits offered “But much more needs to
reductions do not mean from Medicaid. by the state to attract new be done.” By KOURTNEY GEERS cal insurance and less on life
Missouri’s payroll is Please see budget, page 6a businesses to Missouri. Please see TAX, page 6A news@columbiamissourian.com insurance. Other employees
University of Missouri Sys- may prefer that benefit dol-
tem employees will soon be lars are directed toward sal-
Go to ColumbiaMissourian.com for GOP response to governor’s message asked to analyze their cur-
rent pay and benefits pack-
ary,” Rodriguez said.
Hewitt Associates, a human
age. resources consulting firm,
System President Gary will be conducting and ana-
Forsee wrote in an e-mail to lyzing the results of the “Pay

Tax form mistake has MU students concerned employees that a confiden-


tial survey will be conducted
online at the end of January
to determine what faculty
and Benefits Preference Sur-
vey.”
“We have used them for a
number of years in related
The Social Security everyone would expect them was printed above his name higher risk for identity theft.
and staff value about their surveys,” Rodriguez said.
to be,” Krawitz said. “They and could be seen through the Krawitz said the UM Sys-
numbers were visible are expressing their frustra- envelope window. tem Social Security Number compensation and benefits. “This survey will comple-
Betsy Rodriguez, system ment other Hewitt work for
on mailed forms. tion and asking for guidance.” “I was originally stunned,” Remediation Project will help
vice president for human us.”
Campus Mail Services com- Cone said. “It was so blatant ensure that this problem does
By Katy Bergen resources, said it has been at Hewitt Associates conducts
mitted the folding errors but — Student Social Security not happen again. The project
news@ColumbiaMissourian.com least 10 years since a survey a benefits index survey which
Krawitz said the system is Number — boom!” was formed more than a year
About 100 people respond- of this kind has been con- compares the university’s
reviewing the entire process. Cone’s calls to the Universi- ago in the hopes of removing ducted by the university. benefits values to other uni-
ed to an e-mail sent Tuesday She said concerned students ty of Missouri Taxpayer Relief Social Security numbers from
afternoon notifying students The survey questions will versities.
and parents should look into Hotline did not go through on as many information systems cover current benefit areas The upcoming employee
that their Social Security num-
credit monitoring services, Friday. He made three more as possible. Next year all tax and are designed to allow survey will compare employ-
bers may have been visible in
such as Experian, that offers calls the next day that did not forms will only contain the employees an “avenue for ee perceptions of value to the
the envelope window of a tax
form sent by the University of a reduced monthly rate of go through. A cashier’s office last four digits of Social Secu- input on the value of various actual value of the benefit
Missouri System, said Nikki $3.46 to faculty, staff, retir- representative told him that rity numbers. benefits.” programs.
Krawitz, UM vice president of ees and students in the sys- the problem was a folding “It’s a comprehensive proj- Forsee wrote that the Although all employees
finance and administration. tem. The UM System also has error. An accounting services ect meant to change the way results of the survey will are encouraged to respond
More than 75,000 Form 1098- consistently encouraged stu- representative told Cone that a we store information into our be used to assess the value to the survey, the expected
Ts were mailed at the end of dents and employees to take supervisor would be notified. system so we can better pro- of benefits and determine response rate is approximate-
last week. The four-campus advantage of a free service at Cone, who already monitors tect this kind of information,” which features have the most ly 45 percent, according to
system has no way of access- www.annualcreditreport.com, his credit, is not concerned Krawitz said. appeal. Rodriguez.
ing how many envelopes dis- Krawitz said. but still felt the error needed The placement of Social Different pay and benefit The cost of the survey is
played the numbers. Form Columbia resident Rex to be reported. Security numbers has been combinations will also be $100,000 and will be com-
1098-T is an Internal Revenue Cone received Form 1098-T Cone said a friend’s form changed on some tax forms, analyzed. ing from employee bene-
Service form that reports in the mail Friday for taking was sent to the friend’s par- such as the W-2 form, but has “For example, some employ- fits. Overall, the university
tuition billed and paid. a class fall semester. He said ents’ former residence, which not yet been changed on Form ees may prefer that the uni- spends $300 million a year on
“People are concerned, as his Social Security number could place his friend at a 1098-T, Krawitz said. versity spend more on medi- employee benefits.

wastewater spills Corrections Index


into Missouri river The City Council voted 5-0 to withdraw a proposed Cleaning up after Abby 7A
By The Associated Press charter amendment that would require council input
when city department heads were hired and fired.
winter Calendar 2A
JEFFERSON CITY — More than Classified 5B
50,000 gallons of untreated wastewater Sixth Ward Councilwoman Barbara Hoppe voted with The snow’s gone for now, but
Comics 7A
spilled into the Missouri River after an the other council members present. An article on don’t be fooled. Missouri is Life Stories 8A
electrical failure at a Boonville wastewa- page 1A Wednesday incorrectly reported the vote.
ter lift station.
infamous for its unpredictable Lottery 2A
The state Department of Natural weather. Vox examines who Nation 4A
Resources said Boonville authorities Money raised this week by The Rock church to help takes care of what when it Opinion 5A
reported the overflow Wednesday. Boon- Haiti will be matched by a charitable organization,
comes to winter cleanup. Sports 1B
ville officials believe a loose electrical and that combined amount will be given to Samar-
connection at a station caused an electri- Sudoku 6B
itan’s Purse, an international relief organization. A
cal breaker to trip, shutting off power to World 3A
the station’s pumps. story on page 6A on Wednesday incorrectly described
Wastewater entering the station then the fundraising effort.
Our 102nd year/#93
backed up and began to overflow, even-
tually reaching the Missouri River. The
Today’s weather 3 sections
32 pages
The City Council voted to withdraw a bill to amend the Today: Patchy fog. Otherwise, cloudy.
city repaired the electrical problem and
stopped the overflow on Tuesday. city charter to allow more time for council and public Temp: 38°
The DNR is investigating to see if the discussion of the proposal. The secondary headline on Tonight: Cloudy. Temp: 32°
overflow caused environmental dam- page 1A Wednesday incorrectly described the action. Page 2A
age.
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