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Business
4:29 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Audit faults state program for contamination cleanup

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich.
Credit State of Missouri

A new audit raises concerns about a Missouri program that provides tax incentives for developers to clean up contaminated old business sites.

The report Thursday by State Auditor Tom Schweich  notes that Missouri authorized over $185 million of Brownfield Remediation Tax Credits for 115 projects from the 2003 to 2013 fiscal years. About four-fifths of those projects were in the St. Louis area.

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Politics
7:53 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Schweich faces no Republican, Democratic opposition in re-election bid

Credit KBIA file photo

Federal and state elections in Missouri this fall will feature the lowest number of candidates in at least a couple of decades. A total of 429 candidates filed for federal and state offices before yesterday's deadline.

The highest profile state office to be elected this fall is that of the state auditor. Incumbent auditor Tom Schweich is seeking his second four-year term, but will not face any Democratic or Republican opposition.

Schweich's only challengers are Libertarian Sean O'Toole and Constitution Party candidate Rodney Farthing.

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Politics
4:41 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Missouri auditor questions child care spending

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich.
Credit State of Missouri

Missouri's auditor is raising concerns about state payments to subsidize child care costs for lower-income families.

Auditor Tom Schweich criticized the state Social Services Department for not having enough quality control over the payments. The findings were included in an audit issued Monday of nearly $12 million in federal funds received by Missouri.

Schweich found that one-third of the payments reviewed by his office were not supported by proper documentation or were not in compliance with department guidelines.

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Politics
8:52 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Mo. candidates begin filing for office this week

Missouri Capitol
Credit Jacob Fenston / KBIA

Candidates for Congress and state offices will line up at the secretary of state's office in the state capital this week to file for the 2014 election.

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Politics
5:46 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Mo. Democrat drops state auditor bid

Credit Jacob Fenston / KBIA

The only Missouri Democrat who has announced plans to challenge the re-election of Republican Auditor Tom Schweich is dropping out of the race.

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Politics
8:53 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Audits forthcoming on 3 Mo. tax credit programs

Tom Schweich
Credit State of Missouri

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich says he will have reports coming out soon on some of Missouri's biggest tax credit programs.

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Politics
8:15 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Candidates prepare for 2016 statewide elections

Credit KBIA file photo

While statewide elections are still three years away, with the exception of auditor whose term ends in 2014, many candidates have already announced their intention to run.

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Politics
4:25 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Mo. auditor investigating 13th Judicial Circuit

Credit State of Missouri

The state auditor says authorities are investigating missing funds at the office of a central Missouri judicial circuit clerk.

Auditor Tom Schweich released a report Wednesday on his audit of the Callaway County clerk of the two-county 13th Judicial Circuit.

Schweich cites more than $11,000 in what he termed "problematic" transactions and $355 in missing funds.

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Politics
8:03 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Mo. candidates to file campaign finance reports

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich
Credit State of Missouri

Candidates are facing a deadline to file reports with the Missouri Ethics Commission detailing fundraising during the past three months.

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Politics
3:36 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Mo. Supreme Court rules for governor in budget battle

Credit Americasroof / Wikimedia Commons

The Missouri Supreme Court has ruled for Gov. Jay Nixon in a budget battle with State Auditor Tom Schweich.

The court ruled Tuesday that Schweich lacked legal standing at the time to challenge about $170 million of spending cuts announced by Nixon in June 2011. The court said the challenge amounted to a pre-audit of state spending, which it said the auditor cannot do.

Schweich said the ruling is merely technical and he will consider suing again after doing a new audit of the governor's office.

Nixon said the ruling affirms his authority to balance the budget.

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Politics
4:52 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Mo. auditor says new law gives more flexibility

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich.
Credit Photo courtesy of the Missouri Auditor's Office

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich says a newly enacted law will give him greater flexibility in determining when and how to audit governmental agencies.

Schweich said Monday that the measure regarding the auditor's authority updates the state's World War II-era statutes and increases accountability in government. He said it clarifies the legality of many things the office already does, such as performance audits of agencies.

Gov. Jay Nixon signed the bill last Friday without much comment.

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Politics
5:46 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Audit questions Missouri State Highway Patrol's purchase of new airplane

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich
Credit Photo courtesy of the Missouri Auditor's Office

 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is getting mixed reviews in an audit released Tuesday.  The law enforcement agency is being criticized for spending 5-point-6 million dollars on a new airplane.

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Politics
11:37 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Koster has more than $400,000 ready for gubernatorial race

Chris Koster speaks at a press conference in Kansas City on Thursday, February 9th, 2012.
Dan Verbeck KBIA

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has more than $400,000 in the bank as he makes plans for a 2016 gubernatorial race.

Koster filed a quarterly finance report Monday indicating he had $419,348 in his account as of the end of March. The Democratic attorney general confirmed last week that he is "making the necessary preparations" to run for governor.

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Business
4:54 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Mo. auditor confirms insolvency of disability fund

There's not enough money in the state's Second Injury Fund to compensate for unpaid obligations.
Credit Andrew Magill / Flickr

A report from the Missouri auditor confirms that a state fund for disabled workers is insolvent.

State Auditor Tom Schweich said Friday that Missouri's Second Injury Fund had barely $3 million as of the end of 2012 but had unpaid obligations of $28 million.

The fund covers workers' compensation claims for employees who have previous injuries or disabilities and then suffer a new job-related injury. Auditors and financial analysts have warned for several years that the fund was on a path toward insolvency. But lawmakers have done nothing to address it.

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Politics
5:19 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

State Audit Released On Mo. Public Defenders

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Originally published on Thu October 11, 2012 5:52 pm

The Missouri state auditor released a report Wednesday on the state’s Public Defender system.

Among the findings: public defenders need to better track the hours they spend on each case and update the standards they use to determine what’s the appropriate caseload.

Auditor Tom Schweich says Public Defenders have relied on national standards that are out-of-date.

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Politics
3:50 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

State Supreme Court upholds fiscal notes for ballot initiatives

(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Originally published on Tue July 31, 2012 6:07 pm

The Missouri Supreme Court has rejected a challenge to the authority of the state auditor to write financial summaries for ballot initiatives.

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Politics
4:39 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Mo. job incentive program comes up short

Tom Schweich
State of Missouri

A new audit says Missouri officials have overstated the economic impact of the state's main job incentive programs.

The report released Monday by Auditor Tom Schweich focuses on the Quality Jobs program, which provides tax breaks to businesses that add jobs with decent wages and health insurance.

Schweich says the projected jobs and investment reported by the Department of Economic Development has significantly overstated the amount of jobs actually created and the amount of money actually invested by businesses to improve facilities and equipment.

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Politics
3:53 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Mo. auditor halts fiscal estimates for initiatives

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich (shwyk) has instructed his staff to stop doing financial estimates for ballot initiatives because of several recent court decisions.

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Politics
9:09 am
Thu April 19, 2012

Cole Co. circuit court clerk resigns

The seal of the office of auditor

Mrs. Brenda Umstattd has resigned as Circuit Clerk of Cole County after a state audit report was released on Wednesday.

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PM Newscasts
5:36 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

Newscast for April 18, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Charles Erickson recants his previous testimony in the Ryan Ferguson trial.
  • Legislation that would tweak Missouri's K-12 funding formula stalls in the state Senate.
  • Cole County's court circuit clerk resigns after today's state audit release.
PM Newscasts
5:18 pm
Fri March 30, 2012

Newscast for March 30, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • A lawsuit between southeast Missouri farmers and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • A battery acid leak affecting Columbia Police Department and Joint Operations
  • Missouri Gaming Commission new rule regarding casino exclusion list
  • More corn planted this year since end of Great Depression
  • State Auditor Schweich releases report about misuse of federal funds
Politics
3:43 pm
Fri March 30, 2012

State auditor Schweich reports federal funds misuse

State of Missouri

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich has released a report questioning how federal money is spent by state government in several programs.

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PM Newscasts
5:44 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

Newscast for March 7, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • A Missouri Senate bill supports a change to adoptions in the state's foster care process.
  • Missouri's state auditor weighs a senatorial run.
  • The state Senate endorses legislation that would restrict public contracts with Iran.
  • Women earn only 74 cents to the dollar compared to men in Missouri.
  • Missouri lawmakers send Gov. Jay Nixon a workers' compensation bill.
Politics
3:06 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

Schweich looking at US Senate bid

State Auditor Tom Schweich filed paperwork on Wednesday, March 7, 2012, to explore a political campaign for U.S. Senate.
State of Missouri

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich has set up a political committee to test the waters for a U.S. Senate campaign.

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Politics
4:51 pm
Wed October 19, 2011

State Auditor Wants Access to Finance Division Records

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich will push for legislation next year he said will enable his office to oversee the state’s Division of Finance without interference from state agencies or private entities.

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