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Auditor raises concerns about Gov. Nixon's travel costs

Thursday, April 21, 2011 | 4:14 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — 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.

Schweich said charging the division doesn't seem proper and distorts costs. Departing Democratic Auditor Susan Montee earlier raised similar concerns in a review of the Department of Mental Health.

Nixon has defended the billing practice for his flights because he's engaging in state business. The Economic Development Department said costs for travel that benefit state agencies is an appropriate expense.


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