Tom Schweich

SLPS audit
3:00 pm
Mon May 2, 2011

SLPS subpoenaed over attendance numbers

Mo. auditor Tom Schweich has activated his rapid response team to investigate allegations that the St. Louis Public Schools falsified attendance records.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated at 9:20 a.m. May 3:

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has listed the specific school involved in the allegations as Patrick Henry Downtown Academy.

Updated at 5:30 p.m. May 2 with a statement from the St. Louis Public Schools

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Mo. Governor's Travel
2:37 pm
Thu April 21, 2011

Auditor Schweich raises concerns over Mo. Gov. Nixon's travel costs

Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich.
(via Office of the Auditor)

Another auditor is criticizing Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon's administration for billing a state agency over travel costs.

The audit released Thursday by Republican Auditor Tom Schweich found $1,630 was charged to the Division of Workforce Development, in the Department of Economic Development. Nixon and a labor department official promoted a program administered by the workforce division. The audit said documents for the flight showed no division staff came along.

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Department of Mental Health Audit
2:18 pm
Fri April 15, 2011

"Improvements made" by Department of Mental Health following audit review

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

Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich announced today that the Missouri Department of Mental Health has "made improvements" after a follow-up of their December 2010 audit.

The "follow-up" is a first for Schweich's office.

According to a press release from the Auditor's office:

In the 2010 audit of DMH, the auditor's office found that for the 3 years ended June 30, 2010, DMH paid employees approximately $47.8 million in overtime department-wide.

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University City audit
11:06 pm
Thu April 7, 2011

Audit gives U-City a "C" for management

A state audit of University City found weak accounting controls and problems with delinquent trash bills.
(via Flickr/ChrisYunker)

A state review of University City made public today gives the municipality a "C" when it comes to its management practices.

The report by Missouri auditor Tom Schweich, which covered June 2009 to June 2010, found several instances where the city failed to follow best practices. For example:

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Single audit
10:31 am
Thu March 24, 2011

Audit finds problems with state oversight of federal money

An audit released today finds that several state agencies in Missouri have not adequately kept track of how federal stimulus dollars are being spent.

The state has spent about $2.6 billion in money received through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009.

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Morning round-up
9:20 am
Thu March 24, 2011

Morning headlines: Thursday, March 24, 2011

St. Louis officials had hoped that 2010 census figures were wrong. They now say they are accurate. (SLPRnews)
  • St. Louis officials were hoping to find that census figures showing the city lost about 8 percent of its population over the past 10 years were wrong. They now concede it is probably accurate. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that city officials at first thought the census had listed about 5,000 fewer housing units than did city assessor data. That could have meant about 12,000 St. Louisans were not counted. And they suspected other errors. The Post-Dispatch reports that those errors now look like technological glitches that have no real bearing on the population total. Nearly 200 federal programs use census figures to determine how to distribute federal money.

  • The suspect in the January shooting rampage in Tucson, Arizona has been transferred to a specialized facility in Missouri to undergo a court-ordered mental evaluation. Defense lawyers for 22-year-old Jared Lee Loughner say in a court filing that he was moved from Tucson to a federal Bureau of Prisons medical facility in Springfield yesterday. Loughner's lawyers want an appeals court to order him returned. Loughner will be given tests to determine if he understands the nature and consequences of the charges he faces and can assist in his defense. He has pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from the Jan. 8 shooting that killed six people and wounded 13 others, including U.S. Congresswoman. Gabrielle Giffords. She remains at a rehabilitation center in Houston as she recovers from a bullet wound to the brain.

  • Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich is releasing a report Thursday examining the state's use of federal economic stimulus money. The auditor's office compiles a report each year tracking the state's use of federal money. The latest report, covering 2010, will include a sizable amount of stimulus dollars in addition to money Missouri normally receives for such things as Medicaid and welfare payments. Schweich, a Republican, took office as auditor in January. As a candidate, he had pledged to act as a "fiscal hawk" over the state's share of federal stimulus money.

  • U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill could owe a total of nearly $320,000 in overdue property taxes, interest and penalties on an airplane that has caused her political headaches. McCaskill sent about $287,000 to St. Louis County earlier this week after acknowledging that property taxes had not been paid on a plane owned by a company in which she and her husband have an interest. But that may not be enough money. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Wednesday the county determined McCaskill's bill to be $319,541. That amount is still pending confirmation by the State Tax Commission.

MO Statehouse
6:32 pm
Mon February 28, 2011

Mo. Auditor Schweich backs language aimed at Gov. Nixon's travel policy

Mo. State Auditor's Office

Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich (R) says he supports legislation that would require details about the governor's flights around the state to be posted to a state website.

The bill in question has been approved by the Missouri House and is now before the Senate.

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MO Statehouse
4:51 pm
Wed February 23, 2011

Schweich wants to review Mo. state agencies

Mo. Auditor Tom Schweich
Mo. State Auditor's office

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich has announced a proposal to review how several state agencies spend money.

The one-time review would compare spending habits of five to 10 of Missouri's largest state agencies.  Schweich says it could save the state millions of dollars.

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Mo. Auditor
3:04 pm
Mon February 14, 2011

Mo. auditor Schweich to examine local license offices

Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich (Office of the Auditor)

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich is looking into the local offices that issue Missouri vehicle and driver's licenses.

Schweich said Monday his audit will examine the Department of Revenue's process for awarding contracts to run the offices. He also plans to review the operating procedures of some of the 183 license offices.

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Missouri Tax Proposals
4:56 pm
Thu February 10, 2011

Mo. Gov. Nixon criticizes sales tax proposal

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon during his 2011 State of the State address. Nixon said today that proposals to replace the state's income tax with an expanded sales tax is the wrong way to go. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says proposals to replace the state's income tax with an expanded sales tax is the wrong way to go.

Nixon spoke Wednesday to members of The Associated Press and the Missouri Press Association at their annual Capitol media event.

Nixon says the tax proposals would require raising the sales tax and levying it on purchases that currently are not subject to that tax. He says that is not smart.

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