Mo. Auditor Halts Fiscal Estimates for Initiatives

7 years 4 months 4 weeks ago Friday, April 20 2012 Apr 20, 2012 Friday, April 20, 2012 12:17:40 PM CDT April 20, 2012 in News
By: Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich (shwyk) has instructed his staff to stop doing financial estimates for ballot initiatives because of several recent court decisions. Schweich says the court rulings have made it impossible to conduct financial estimates that can withstand legal challenges.

The memo telling staff to temporarily stop providing financial analyses for initiatives was obtained by The Associated Press under an open-records request.

By law, the auditor is responsible for estimating the cost to state and local governments of potential ballot initiatives. But a Cole County judge recently ruled the auditor has no constitutional authority to do the analysis. Two recent rulings by other Cole County judges did not overturn the auditor's general authority to prepare financial estimates, but they struck down the estimates for other reasons.

 

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