Missouri Auditor http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Politically Speaking: Comptroller Green On Money Matters, Power Plays And Political Possibilities http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/politically-speaking-comptroller-green-money-matters-power-plays-and-political-possibilities <p>Every week, St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon's Chris McDaniel, Jo&nbsp;Mannies&nbsp;and Jason&nbsp;Rosenbaum talk about the week’s politics.&nbsp;</p><p>St. Louis Comptroller Darlene Green joins the podcast this week. Green is the city's chief fiscal officer and one of the longest-serving comptrollers in modern history.</p><p></p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 11:23:09 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum, Jo Mannies & Chris McDaniel 33448 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Politically Speaking: Comptroller Green On Money Matters, Power Plays And Political Possibilities Audit Faults Mo. Department of Conservation For Overspending http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/audit-faults-mo-department-conservation-overspending <p>A report released on Friday by the Missouri auditor's office says the state continued to overspend on its elk restoration project, even after <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/elk-restoration-plan-comes-under-fire-state-auditor">a 2011 audit</a> found it was way over budget.</p><p>The current audit found the Missouri Department of Conservation spent close to $3.4 million to bring 129 elk into the state. Only an estimated 115 elk have survived.</p><p>But conservation department Deputy Director Tom Ripperger says those figures are misleading.</p> Sat, 07 Dec 2013 00:30:25 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 32045 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Audit Faults Mo. Department of Conservation For Overspending Mo. Auditor Has Good News For Rockwood Schools, $1.2 Million Still In Question http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-auditor-has-good-news-rockwood-schools-12-million-still-question <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Following a critical state audit of the Rockwood School District back in February, Missouri Auditor Tim </span>Schweich<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;said Wednesday&nbsp;that the district has made tremendous progress.&nbsp;</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">His previous audit found the district overpaid a construction company $1.2 million, which is one of&nbsp;</span></div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>the few issues still unresolved.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Schweich recommended a variety o Wed, 07 Aug 2013 22:07:02 +0000 Kristi Luther 28907 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. Auditor Has Good News For Rockwood Schools, $1.2 Million Still In Question Audit Of Mo. Technology Corporation Cites Lack Of Documentation For Admin. Costs http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/audit-mo-technology-corporation-cites-lack-documentation-admin-costs <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A state-run nonprofit corporation needs to improve its transparency, according to an audit released Thursday.</span></p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 22:28:04 +0000 Marshall Griffin 28559 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Audit Of Mo. Technology Corporation Cites Lack Of Documentation For Admin. Costs State Audit Released On Mo. Public Defenders http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/state-audit-released-mo-public-defenders-0 <p>The Missouri state auditor released a <a href="http://auditor.mo.gov/Press/2012-129.pdf">report</a> Wednesday on the state’s Public Defender system.</p><p>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.</p><p>Auditor Tom Schweich says Public Defenders have relied on national standards that are out-of-date.</p> Wed, 10 Oct 2012 19:34:43 +0000 Maria Altman 5241 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org State Audit Released On Mo. Public Defenders Elk herd "doing well" after first year in Missouri http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/elk-herd-doing-well-after-first-year-missouri <p>Missouri&rsquo;s elk population appears to be settling into their new home state, according to state conservation officials.</p><p>Dr. Joseph Millspaugh&nbsp;of the University of Missouri -- Columbia&nbsp;updated the <a href="http://mdc.mo.gov/about-us/get-know-us/leaders-and-organizational-structure/meet-conservation-commission">Missouri Conservation Commission </a>today on<a href="http://mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/outdoor-recreation/nature-viewing/mammals/elk-restoration/elk-restoration-backgroun-3"> the state&rsquo;s elk herd</a>, which he says seems to be doing well.</p><p>&ldquo;(We have) evidence of survival rates (and) reproductive rates that are average to high,&quot; Millspaugh said.&nbsp; &quot;We see diet quality certainly within the range of what we would expect.&rdquo; Fri, 13 Jul 2012 23:14:42 +0000 Marshall Griffin 4118 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Elk herd "doing well" after first year in Missouri Monarch Fire District making improvements, Mo. Auditor's follow-up finds http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/monarch-fire-district-making-improvements-mo-auditors-follow-finds <p>The <a href="http://auditor.mo.gov/">State Auditor&rsquo;s Office</a> is pleased overall with efforts by the <a href="http://www.monarchfpd.org/index.php">Monarch Fire Protection District </a>in Chesterfield to implement changes recommended in a recent audit.</p><p>In February,&nbsp;<a href="http://auditor.mo.gov/AboutUs/Auditor.aspx">Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich</a> (R) gave the Monarch Fire District a &ldquo;C,&rdquo; in part for its early retirement incentives package that violated the State Constitution.&nbsp; Spokesman for the Auditor&rsquo;s office, Spence Jackson, says their recommendations there have yet to be implemented.</p><p>&ldquo;They told us that that&rsquo;s not something that they&rsquo;re going to have to deal with again for another couple of years,&quot;&nbsp;Jackson said.&nbsp; &quot;But they did indicate that they would apply more due diligence with how future retirement incentives are handled, and we&rsquo;re pleased with that.&rdquo; Tue, 26 Jun 2012 21:45:51 +0000 Marshall Griffin 3991 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Monarch Fire District making improvements, Mo. Auditor's follow-up finds Mo. Supreme Court hears ballot initiative lawsuits http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-supreme-court-hears-ballot-initiative-lawsuits <p>Six lawsuits involving three ballot initiatives were heard Monday by the <a href="http://www.courts.mo.gov/page.jsp?id=27">Missouri Supreme Court</a>.</p><p>At stake are ballot questions that would raise Missouri&rsquo;s cigarette tax, raise the minimum wage&nbsp;to $8.25 an hour, and cap interest rates on payday loans.&nbsp; The fate of all three may turn on whether the <a href="http://auditor.mo.gov/">State Auditor </a>has the authority&nbsp;to estimate the financial impact of citizens&rsquo; petition initiatives.&nbsp; Attorney Ronald Holliger argued that the High Court should uphold a lower court ruling supporting the State Auditor&rsquo;s authority. Tue, 26 Jun 2012 03:18:07 +0000 Marshall Griffin 3984 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. Supreme Court hears ballot initiative lawsuits Mo. Auditor's office: zero costs/savings for judicial and health exchange ballot questions http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-auditors-office-zero-costssavings-judicial-and-health-exchange-ballot-questions <p>Two ballot questions going before Missouri voters in November won&rsquo;t cost or save the state any money, according the<a href="http://auditor.mo.gov/"> State Auditor&rsquo;s office</a>.</p><p>One in particular would<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/BTS_Web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&amp;BillID=2932188"> make changes to how appellate judges are selected</a>.&nbsp; The fiscal note for that measure was put together by Deputy Auditor Harry Otto.</p><p>&ldquo;(We&nbsp;contacted) four statewide offices, 20 other departments/agencies, the House and Senate,&quot; Otto&nbsp;said.&nbsp; &quot;Out of those 24 places that we contacted we received comments from 16, and all 16 said &lsquo;no costs associated with this measure.&rsquo;&rdquo; Mon, 18 Jun 2012 22:30:53 +0000 Marshall Griffin 3937 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. Auditor's office: zero costs/savings for judicial and health exchange ballot questions Mo. judge forbids State Auditor from calculating costs of ballot initiatives http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-judge-forbids-state-auditor-calculating-costs-ballot-initiatives <p><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">A Missouri judge has struck down the <a href="http://www.auditor.mo.gov/">State Auditor&#39;s </a>authority to prepare financial estimates for ballot initiatives.<o:p></o:p></font></font></p><p><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">The ruling by Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem comes in a challenge to a proposed tobacco tax initiative for which supporters are not gathering signatures. But attorneys who specialize in initiative petitions say the ruling ultimately could affect other initiatives. Fri, 02 Mar 2012 00:00:06 +0000 The Associated Press & Marshall Griffin 3187 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. judge forbids State Auditor from calculating costs of ballot initiatives