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Audit Accuses Mo. Governor's Office Of Overspending

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Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich released a harsh audit of the Missouri Governor’s office on Wednesday. The findings accuse the governor of overspending his appropriation by $1.7 million. The audit accuses Nixon of thumbing his nose at the budget appropriation process by shifting the costs for travel and salaries onto other state agencies.

Specifically Schweich says Nixon billed other agencies $770,000 for his staff’s salaries and $565,000 for travel expenses. 

“And what the governor is doing is finding ways to accede that appropriation by forcing other agencies to take that money out of their appropriation," says Schweich. "No accountant thinks that’s proper, no one I’ve heard of thinks that’s proper.”

Nixon’s staff released a statement saying the Governor’s office accounts for its operational costs in a manner that properly reflects the nature of the work it performs.

Some question the timing of the audit given that Schweich is a Republican and Nixon is a Democrat up for re-election in November.

Adam grew up on a cherry farm in northern Michigan. He holds a BA in economics from Kalamazoo College. Adam's radio career began in 2003 at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine. He went on to cut his teeth filing stories for Maine Public Radio. Before coming to St. Louis Public Radio in 2006 Adam was was an international journalism fellow at Deutsche Welle in Bonn, Germany. He has regularly files features for a variety of shows and networks including NPR, PRI, Marketplace and the BBC. He was awarded a prestigious Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellowship for the 2011-2012 academic year.
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