Auditor: No Direct Costs for Two Measures on Ballot
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - The Missouri auditor's office estimates no direct costs or savings from proposals changing how appellate judges are selected and restricting the creation of a health care exchange.
Lawmakers approved both measures this year and referred them to the ballot. The auditor's office said in cost estimates Monday there would be no direct costs.
For the health exchange measure, it concluded indirect costs or savings from enforcement, missed federal funding and other issues are unknown.
The auditor's office stopped preparing cost estimates for ballot initiatives because court rulings clouded the authority of the office to carry out the task. The auditor's office says the responsibility for preparing cost estimates on measures referred to the ballot by the Legislature comes under a different state law and that it has not been challenged.