financial estimates http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Mo. auditor halts fiscal estimates for initiatives http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-auditor-halts-fiscal-estimates-initiatives <p>Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich has instructed his staff to stop doing financial estimates for&nbsp;ballot initiatives because of several recent court decisions.</p><p>Schweich says the court rulings have made it impossible to&nbsp;conduct financial estimates that can withstand legal challenges.</p><p>The memo telling staff to temporarily stop providing financial&nbsp;analyses for initiatives was obtained by The Associated Press under&nbsp;an open-records request.</p> Fri, 20 Apr 2012 19:00:18 +0000 The Associated Press 3539 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. auditor halts fiscal estimates for initiatives 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