Tom Schweich

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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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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