Tom Schweich

Morning round-up
9:21 am
Thu March 8, 2012

Morning headlines: Thursday, March 8, 2012

Rotunda, Missouri State Capital
Flickr Creative Commons/Glamour Schatz

Mo. Senate preparing to send workplace discrimination bill to Nixon today

The Missouri Senate is preparing today to pass the House version of the workplace discrimination bill and send it to Governor Jay Nixon. 

Senate Democrats, however, voiced their opposition Wednesday by blocking the bill for nearly five hours. 

The filibuster was led by Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal of St. Louis County. 

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Election 2012
11:35 am
Wed March 7, 2012

Paperwork filed for potential Schweich Senate bid

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

Updated 12:11 p.m. with statement from Neal Ethridge, Springfield businessman and former chairman of the 7th District Congressional Republican Committee

A Springfield-area defense attorney who was the treasurer of Tom Schweich's successful run for auditor in 2010 has filed documents with the Internal Revenue Service to form a committee supporting Schweich for Senate.

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State Auditor's duties
6:00 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Mo. judge forbids State Auditor from calculating costs of ballot initiatives

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

A Missouri judge has struck down the State Auditor's authority to prepare financial estimates for ballot initiatives.

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.

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MEM Co. audit
5:31 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

Missouri audit criticizes state-created insurance company

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

A report by the Missouri auditor finds that a state-created insurance company has built a competitive advantage by claiming to be a public corporation but operating as a private entity.

State Auditor Tom Schweich says Missouri Employers Mutual Insurance Co.’s federal tax-exempt status has saved it about $50 million since it was created in 1993. At the same time, it pays large amounts of money for salaries and executive perks. Schweich says lawmakers need to clarify if it's appropriate for the company to continue as a public corporation.

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Tax rate audit
10:41 am
Fri December 23, 2011

Audit finds rates in six St. Louis-area taxing districts are too high

(via Flickr/kenteegardin)

A statewide review of tax rates issued today by Missouri auditor Tom Schweich finds that residents in six St. Louis-area districts are paying too much in property taxes.

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Elections audit
4:16 pm
Wed December 7, 2011

Praise, criticism in audit of St. Louis election board

The typical badge of a vote cast, the "I Voted" sticker.
(via Flickr/ Daniel Morrison)

A new audit of the St. Louis city Board of Elections Commissioners finds the agency has made progress in reducing the number of duplicate voters on its rolls, but the report released today found other issues at the board.

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MO Statehouse/Withholds lawsuit
10:59 am
Mon October 31, 2011

Mo. judge weighing budget cuts by Gov. Nixon

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

A Missouri judge is considering whether Gov. Jay Nixon exceeded his constitutional powers when he cut spending for education to help cover costs from the deadly Joplin tornado and major flooding.

Cole County Judge Jon Beetem issued no immediate ruling Monday after listening to arguments from attorneys representing the Democratic governor and Republican Auditor Tom Schweich, who sued.

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Pine Lawn follow-up
12:00 pm
Thu October 27, 2011

Follow-up finds progress in Pine Lawn

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

A follow-up report from state auditor Tom Schweich finds that the small North County municipality of Pine Lawn is making progress in solving ongoing management issues.

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Mo. State Auditor
7:14 pm
Tue October 18, 2011

Mo. Auditor Schweich wants legislation assuring his access to bank records

Mo. Auditor Tom Schweich (R) addresses reporters in his State Capitol office regarding proposed legislation that would give his office complete access to bank exam records.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

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

The proposed bill is, in part, the result of an ongoing legal battle with the Missouri Banker’s Association.  Schweich says the MBA is seeking to block his office from examining how the Finance Division examined the records of a number of failed banks in Missouri.

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Patrick Henry attendance
2:50 pm
Tue September 27, 2011

Audit: Patrick Henry Downtown Academy official misrepresented attendance figures

State Auditor Tom Schweich addresses the media on Tuesday.
(St. Louis Public Radio photo)

A new state audit has found that the principal of a St. Louis Public School District elementary school purposely manipulated attendance figures.

The findings indicate that Patrick Henry Downtown Academy Principal Esperansa Veal ordered a staff member to falsify hundreds of attendance records, which may have helped the school meet federal “No Child Left Behind” requirements.

State Auditor Tom Schweich says the evidence his office found was overwhelming.

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