Tom Schweich http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Luetkemeyer Getting Strong Encouragement To Jump Into GOP 2016 Field For Governor http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/luetkemeyer-getting-strong-encouragement-jump-gop-2016-field-governor <p>Missouri’s Republican field for governor in 2016 may be about to get more crowded, as some party activists are urging U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-St. Elizabeth, to enter the race.</p><p>If he were to jump in, Luetkemeyer would face former House Speaker Catherine Hanaway, a Republican from west St. Louis County who already has declared her candidacy, and possibly state Auditor Tom Schweich, a St. Louis native who is running for re-election this fall with no major opposition.</p> Mon, 19 May 2014 06:31:00 +0000 Jo Mannies 36239 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Luetkemeyer Getting Strong Encouragement To Jump Into GOP 2016 Field For Governor Koster Outraising, Outspending Likely 2016 GOP Rivals For Governor http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/koster-outraising-outspending-likely-2016-gop-rivals-governor <p><em><strong>(Updated 5 p.m. Tues., April 15)</strong></em></p><p>The latest campaign-finance reports show Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, a Democrat running for governor in 2016, handily outpacing his potential Republican rivals when it comes to raising money – and banking it.</p><p>In reports due today, Koster had raised $539,364 so far this calendar year and had amassed just over $2 million in the bank.</p><p>That compares to $251,596 that state Auditor Tom Schweich reported raising since Jan. 1, with a bank account totaling $834,747 as of March 31.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:22:12 +0000 Jo Mannies 35312 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Koster Outraising, Outspending Likely 2016 GOP Rivals For Governor Schweich Gives Low Marks To State Brownfield Tax Credits http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/schweich-gives-low-marks-state-brownfield-tax-credits <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A new audit says Missouri’s Department of Economic Development did not provide proper oversight to state tax credits designed to help developers clean up contaminated property.</span></p><p>In the report released Thursday, State Auditor Tom Schweich gave the Missouri Brownfield&nbsp;Tax Credit program his lowest rating possible. The program awarded more than $185 million in credits between 2000 and 2013.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 22:29:37 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 35210 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org For Election Junkies, 2014 Is A Great, Big Bust http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/election-junkies-2014-great-big-bust <p>For all intents and purposes, the 2014 election season looks to be a great, big bust.</p><p>Nobody should be surprised, as 2014 was always a way station to 2016. But hardly anybody expected that the only statewide race on the ballot would feature state Auditor Tom Schweich facing off against a Libertarian or Constitution Party candidate -- but not even a token Democrat. And some previously heated state Senate contests completely fizzled out.</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 15:12:37 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 34730 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org For Election Junkies, 2014 Is A Great, Big Bust Schweich Casts Critical Eye Toward Historic Preservation Tax Credit http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/schweich-casts-critical-eye-toward-historic-preservation-tax-credit <p><strong>(Updated 4 p.m., Tues., March 25)</strong></p><p>State Auditor Tom Schweich issued a tough audit of the Missouri’s historic preservation tax credit, saying that the incentive that’s refurbished countless buildings throughout the state is too expensive and structurally inefficient.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 15:30:09 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 34708 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Schweich Casts Critical Eye Toward Historic Preservation Tax Credit State Audit Calls For Closer Scrutiny Of Low-Income Families On Aid http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/state-audit-calls-closer-scrutiny-low-income-families-aid <p>The Missouri Department of Social Services is the target of most of the criticism in state Auditor Tom Schweich’s latest audit of all state spending fueled with federal money.</p><p>Schweich’s report, released Monday, states that the department has failed to fix a problem cited in the last three audits. Auditors had determined that the Department of &nbsp;Social Services has failed to document that some low-income families are eligible for the federal aid they’ve been receiving.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 22:35:20 +0000 Jo Mannies 34699 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org State Audit Calls For Closer Scrutiny Of Low-Income Families On Aid Under The Microscope: Questioning Low-Income Housing Tax Credit's Impact And Future http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/under-microscope-questioning-low-income-housing-tax-credits-impact-and-future <p>Carl Miles' apartment at Rosie Shields Manor has everything he could want in a home – and then some.&nbsp;</p><p>Miles’ spacious room has sleek wood-like floors and a modern-looking kitchen. He’s within walking distance of a bank and grocery store. And he can even throw parties in the Pagedale facility’s community room or common area – with management’s permission, of course.</p><p>“It’s wonderful. It’s a wonderful place to live,” said Miles, who is 70 and retired. “It’s got a lot of security. The people are generally pretty friendly. We socialize a lot. And we have a pretty good time.”</p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 02:01:26 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 34317 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Under The Microscope: Questioning Low-Income Housing Tax Credit's Impact And Future Schweich's Audit Questions Efficiency, Impact Of Low-Income Housing Tax Credit http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/schweichs-audit-questions-efficiency-impact-low-income-housing-tax-credit <p>State Auditor Tom Schweich released an audit critical of Missouri’s low-income housing tax credit, saying that the widely used incentive is inefficient and has a “very low” return on investment.&nbsp;</p><p>And the Republican statewide official is hoping the audit will spur the Missouri General Assembly to break a years-long logjam on changing the state’s largest tax credit program.</p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 21:38:02 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 34300 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Schweich's Audit Questions Efficiency, Impact Of Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Missouri Republicans Predict Victory As Long As Focus Is Solely On Democrats http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-republicans-predict-victory-long-focus-solely-democrats <p>SPRINGFIELD, Mo. –&nbsp; From U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt on down, Missouri Republicans at the party’s annual Lincoln Days festivities are full of confidence about their chances at the polls this fall and in 2016.</p><p>And the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare,’’ is getting much of the credit.</p><p>“If this disaster doesn’t help us take control of the Senate, it will surprise me,” said Blunt, who sparked several ovations at Friday night’s opening banquet of the weekend gathering, held this year at the University Plaza Hotel in Springfield, the senator's home turf.</p> Sat, 22 Feb 2014 07:07:10 +0000 Jo Mannies 33915 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Republicans Predict Victory As Long As Focus Is Solely On Democrats Schweich Sends 2016 Message With List of Major GOP Backers http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/schweich-sends-2016-message-list-major-gop-backers <p><em><strong>(Updated 2:50 p.m. Tues., Feb. 11)</strong></em></p><p>Missouri state Auditor Tom Schweich unveiled today his campaign team for this fall’s re-election bid, in what is seen as a message about his campaign strength for a likely bid for governor in 2016.</p><p>Schweich’s list of team members includes many of the state’s biggest names in Missouri Republican politics:</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 18:10:44 +0000 Jo Mannies 33621 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Schweich Sends 2016 Message With List of Major GOP Backers