Tom Schweich

Monarch Fire District
4:45 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Monarch Fire District making improvements, Mo. Auditor's follow-up finds

Mo. Auditor Tom Schweich (R).

The State Auditor’s Office is pleased overall with efforts by the Monarch Fire Protection District in Chesterfield to implement changes recommended in a recent audit.

In February, Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich (R) gave the Monarch Fire District a “C,” in part for its early retirement incentives package that violated the State Constitution.  Spokesman for the Auditor’s office, Spence Jackson, says their recommendations there have yet to be implemented.

“They told us that that’s not something that they’re going to have to deal with again for another couple of years," Jackson said.  "But they did indicate that they would apply more due diligence with how future retirement incentives are handled, and we’re pleased with that.”

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Missouri Auditor
2:00 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Mo. auditor halts fiscal estimates for initiatives

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich has instructed his staff to stop doing financial estimates for ballot initiatives because of several recent court decisions.

Schweich says the court rulings have made it impossible to conduct financial estimates that can withstand legal challenges.

The memo telling staff to temporarily stop providing financial analyses for initiatives was obtained by The Associated Press under an open-records request.

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Morning round-up
6:53 am
Thu April 19, 2012

Morning headlines: Thursday, April 19, 2012

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Court approves $1.5 million settlement with former US Fidelis employees

More than 550 former employees of the auto services contract giant US  Fidelis will share in a nearly one point five million dollar settlement reached in bankruptcycourt.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Wednesday’s deal settles claims by the workers that they were not properly warned before being laid off.

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License fee offices
1:58 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Audits examine Mo. license fee offices

Mo. Auditor Tom Schweich (R)
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

A pair of audits examining fee offices for driver’s licenses and motor vehicles was released today by Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich (R).

He told reporters the purpose of the audits was to see if the process of awarding bids to run the offices has been de-politicized.  One of the audits turned up at least one case of a not-for-profit group using a subcontractor to run 10 license fee offices, which Schweich says is against regulations.

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Morning round-up
6:36 am
Tue April 17, 2012

Morning headlines: Tuesday, April 17, 2012

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Mo. National Guardsmen safe after insurgent attack

All 55 members of a Missouri National Guard agriculture team are safe following an insurgent attack on the forward operating base where they are stationed in Afghanistan.

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Bank records dispute resolved
6:02 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

Schweich announces agreement with Mo. Bankers Assoc. over records access

Mo. Auditor Tom Schweich (R) announces an agreement with the Mo. Bankers Association during a press conference on April 2 at his State Capitol office.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

State Auditor Tom Schweich (R) has announced an agreement with the Missouri Bankers Association over access to bank records.

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Hancock Amendment
10:37 am
Thu March 29, 2012

No refunds this year: Mo. again under Hancock Amendment revenue limit

The state of Missouri has stayed within a constitutional revenue limit for the 12th budget year in a row.

State auditor Tom Schweich released the yearly report on the Hancock amendment today. That amendment, passed in 1980, uses a mathematical formula to set a limit on the amount of personal income that can be used to fund the operations of state government. Any amount above that limit must be refunded to Missouri residents.

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Morning round-up
9:28 am
Tue March 27, 2012

Morning headlines: Tuesday, March 27, 2012

State Senator Jane Cunningham
Jane Cunningham official website

St. Louis County Senator will not seek re-election

Jane Cunningham had initially filed to run for the 7th District seat, even though the new Senate map places that district in the Kansas City area.

The Republican from Chesterfield had hoped that the new map would be overturned and that the district she represents would not be moved to the other side of the state.  But that didn’t happen.  Cunningham says she most likely won’t run for a different office, but admits she hasn’t made up her mind yet:

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Parks audit
11:46 am
Mon March 26, 2012

Agency overseeing Missouri's state parks gets low marks

Trout fishermen in Bennett Springs State Park. An report from state auditor Tom Schweich has given the division that oversees Mo. state parks low marks.
(via Flickr/rjones0856)

State Auditor Tom Schweich has given the agency that oversees Missouri's state parks low marks for its documentation and oversight procedures.

The Division of State Parks, within the Department of Natural Resources, oversees the state's 85 parks and historical sites. The sites bring in about $9 million annually, with about $1.7 million coming from 16 companies that provide food, lodging and other concessions at some of the parks. The division also administers the state parks sales tax, which totals about $38 million a year.

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Tom Schweich
1:57 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

Schweich will not run for U.S. Senate

Missouri state Auditor Tom Schweich.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich has decided not to enter the Republican race against Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill.

Schweich said in a statement Tuesday that he determined his candidacy would have made the Republican Senate primary more contentious, and thus would not have helped Republican chances of defeating McCaskill in November.

The Senate race already includes three prominent Republicans - former State Treasurer Sarah Steelman, U.S. Rep. Todd Akin and businessman John Brunner.

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