State of Missouri Archives: on Social Security


Claire McCaskill: Opposes privatization of Social Security and VA

Q: Support full or partial privatization of Social Security and VA?

Josh Hawley (R): Unknown.

Claire McCaskill (D): Opposes privatization.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Missouri Senate race Oct 9, 2018

Austin Petersen: Let young people opt out of Social Security

I think that when it comes to Social Security a perfect example is if you want to introduce a moderate reform, obviously the government stole our money from us in the first place so they ought to pay it back. I mean, I think that's a reasonable position to take, but when it comes to how we might reform it I like the idea that if you're 18 years old you ought to be able to get an option to opt out. Let the young people opt out.
Source: Southeast Arrow on 2018 Missouri Senatorial race Nov 17, 2017

Lester Turilli: Privatization poses more problems than it solves

Q: Your comments on the statement, "Privatize Social Security"?

A: Social Security needs reform to keep it working for our citizens. Privatization of Social Security poses more problems than it solves. Managing and balancing the current system with corrective action is what needs to take place while maintaining the assurance of stability for our citizens.

Source: Email interview on 2016 Missouri candidacy by OnTheIssues Apr 25, 2016

John Brunner: Gradually raise the Social Security retirement age

During a news conference, Brunner reaffirmed his plans to "cut the spending" in the federal government. When pressed for examples of his planned spending cuts, Brunner said he was looking at various proposals offered by various Republicans and conservative groups. His one specific example was a call to "gradually raise the retirement age" before people could collect Social Security.
Source: StLBeacon.org on 2016 Missouri gubernatorial race Aug 3, 2012

Robin Carnahan: Accuses opponent of voting to privatize

Carnahan accused Blunt of voting to privatize Social Security and of once saying that Medicare shouldn't have been created. But Blunt insisted that Carnahan was flat wrong. "I did not say that (about Medicare)," Blunt said. "I have the statement right here."

"It was pretty clear," Carnahan countered.

Blunt also said he never voted to privatize Social Security. "I don't know why you think you can change the facts," Carnahan said. "The facts are the facts."

Source: Kansas City Star coverage of 2010 Missouri Senate debate Oct 15, 2010

Jay Nixon: Establish contributory retirement system for state employees

Ballotpedia.org summary:The legislature passed pension reform legislation requiring state workers to contribute for the first time. Workers hired in 2011 must contribute 4% of their pre-tax salary.

Excerpts from legislation: HB 1, Public Retirement Systems: enacted new contributory tiers for those who become members of the Missouri Department of Transportation and Highway Patrol Employees' Retirement System (MPERS), the Missouri State Employees' Retirement System and the retirement plan for judges. Until this legislation, Missouri plans were non-contributory.

OnTheIssues explanation:Missouri switched, with this law, from a pension system to a system more like federal Social Security--a pension system simply pays retirees a pension; the new retirement system tracks individual contributions.

Legislative record:Passed Senate, 25-5-4; Bill Passed House, 92-54-16, June 29, 2010; signed by Governor July 19.

Source: 2010 Missouri legislature voting records for HB 1 Jul 19, 2010

Jason Kander: Establish contributory retirement system for state employees

Ballotpedia.org summary:The legislature passed pension reform legislation requiring state workers to contribute for the first time. Workers hired in 2011 must contribute 4% of their pre-tax salary.

Excerpts from legislation: HB 1, Public Retirement Systems: enacted new contributory tiers for those who become members of the Missouri Department of Transportation and Highway Patrol Employees' Retirement System (MPERS), the Missouri State Employees' Retirement System and the retirement plan for judges. Until this legislation, Missouri plans were non-contributory.

OnTheIssues explanation:Missouri switched, with this law, from a pension system to a system more like federal Social Security--a pension system simply pays retirees a pension; the new retirement system tracks individual contributions.

Legislative record:Passed Senate, 25-5-4; Bill Passed House, 92-54-16, June 29, 2010; signed by Governor July 19; Rep. Kander voted YEA

Source: 2010 Missouri legislature voting records for HB 1 Jun 29, 2010

  • The above quotations are from State of Missouri Politicians: Archives.
  • Click here for definitions & background information on Social Security.
  • Click here for other issues (main summary page).
2020 Presidential contenders on Social Security:
  Democrats running for President:
Sen.Michael Bennet (D-CO)
V.P.Joe Biden (D-DE)
Mayor Mike Bloomberg (I-NYC)
Gov.Steve Bullock (D-MT)
Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN)
Sen.Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Secy.Julian Castro (D-TX)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Rep.John Delaney (D-MD)
Rep.Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)
Sen.Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Gov.Deval Patrick (D-MA)
Sen.Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
CEO Tom Steyer (D-CA)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Marianne Williamson (D-CA)
CEO Andrew Yang (D-NY)

2020 Third Party Candidates:
Rep.Justin Amash (L-MI)
CEO Don Blankenship (C-WV)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Howie Hawkins (G-NY)
Gov.Gary Johnson(L-NM)
Howard Schultz(I-WA)
Gov.Jesse Ventura (I-MN)
Republicans running for President:
Sen.Ted Cruz(R-TX)
Gov.Larry Hogan (R-MD)
Gov.John Kasich(R-OH)
V.P.Mike Pence(R-IN)
Gov.Mark Sanford (R-SC)
Pres.Donald Trump(R-NY)
Rep.Joe Walsh (R-IL)
Gov.Bill Weld(R-MA & L-NY)

2020 Withdrawn Democratic Candidates:
Sen.Stacey Abrams (D-GA)
Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-NYC)
Sen.Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
Sen.Mike Gravel (D-AK)
Sen.Kamala Harris (D-CA)
Gov.John Hickenlooper (D-CO)
Gov.Jay Inslee (D-WA)
Mayor Wayne Messam (D-FL)
Rep.Seth Moulton (D-MA)
Rep.Beto O`Rourke (D-TX)
Rep.Tim Ryan (D-CA)
Adm.Joe Sestak (D-PA)
Rep.Eric Swalwell (D-CA)
Please consider a donation to OnTheIssues.org!
Click for details -- or send donations to:
1770 Mass Ave. #630, Cambridge MA 02140
E-mail: submit@OnTheIssues.org
(We rely on your support!)

Page last updated: Jan 28, 2021