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Missouri's Capitol Building in 2017.
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Sen. Josh Hawley did not break any laws while attorney general, but did violate some internal policies according to state auditor Nicole Galloway. She was commissioned by Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft to conduct the audit after a complaint that Hawley was using state funds for his senate campaign.

Galloway said the actions while Hawley was attorney general “gave an appearance of impropriety.”

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Missouri isn't saving enough money to avoid having to cut spending or raise taxes if there is a recession, state Auditor Nicole Galloway said Tuesday.

Galloway recommended that state lawmakers increase the amount in Missouri's Budget Reserve Fund to the maximum allowed under the state constitution and create a separate account to sock away even more money.

"Missouri is woefully unprepared for an economic downturn," she said.

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A Democratic south St. Louis County state senator says he won't run for governor after all.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Sen. Scott Sifton says he instead plans to endorse Democratic Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway. Although Galloway hasn't official announced her candidacy, state party Executive Director Lauren Gepford said last week that she is "taking steps to assemble a team."

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A state audit shows Missouri is paying out income tax refunds later and later because the state is short on cash.

Democratic Auditor Nicole Galloway released an audit Monday that said the state paid roughly $423,000 in interest on late refunds to nearly 155,000 taxpayers last fiscal year.

That's up from fiscal year 2016, when the state paid about $306,000 in interest for about 83,000 late refunds.

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Missouri Democratic Auditor Nicole Galloway says the state could face a $3 billion loss from tax credits over the next 15 years.

A new report released Wednesday by Galloway's office says that's how much lawmakers have authorized for tax credits that have not yet been redeemed.

The auditor's office says the state has faced $5.4 billion in revenue losses from tax credits over the past decade.

Galloway says policymakers should consider the impact tax credits have on the budget.

Auditor Galloway Subpoenas Department of Revenue

Apr 20, 2017
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Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway issued a subpoena Wednesday to the Department of Revenue after it refused to provide records for a state audit.

State Auditor Nicole Galloway is calling for increased regulation for Missouri’s transportation development districts.

An audit, released Monday, found a lack of transparency and self-dealing practices by the districts led to $1 billion dollars in tax payer debt.

“Taxpayers don’t even know they are on the hook for this money,” Galloway says. “They’re charged these sales taxes that go to pay off these projects and there is about $1 billion dollars in debt.”

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Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is giving paid parental leave to state executive branch workers.

The Republican announced an executive order Monday to grant up to six weeks paid leave for primary caregivers and three weeks for secondary caregivers to spend time with newborn or adopted children.

The change doesn't apply to employees who work for the Legislature, judiciary or other statewide elected officials.

State policy allows for up to 12 weeks unpaid leave. That could be split if both parents work for the state.

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Missouri's House budget leader says lawmakers might not have changed corporate tax law if they'd known what it would actually cost.

Republican House Budget Committee Chairman Scott Fitzpatrick told The Associated Press that lawmakers had poor information when the 2015 bill came up for a vote.

The measure was estimated to cost about $15 million annually. Corporate tax revenues dropped more than $155 million the first fiscal year it was implemented, though it's not clear whether that was all from the tax change.


  An audit of the Missouri Department of Higher Education takes issue with a now-defunct the loan program it still oversees.

The Advantage Missouri program paid out a total of $8 million in student loans from 1998 to 2005. The audit finds that $5.2 million of those $8 million have still not been repaid.


Auditor Nicole Galloway said there are no procedures to monitor and resolve amounts due on defaulted loans, and that higher ed officials do not know the current status of each outstanding loan or whether it’s collectible.

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A state audit released Wednesday cites "serious mismanagement" by the former superintendent of the Fox School District in suburban St. Louis, alleging she spent nearly $100,000 on questionable expenses with little oversight from the school board.

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Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway says a state board created to advocate for small businesses against government regulations isn't doing its job.

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State Auditor Nicole Galloway is launching an audit of the administration of the University of Missouri system.


Galloway said Thursday that the audit will review the administrative spending and policies of the Board of Curators and the president of the four-campus system.

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 A state audit has found that a small northwest Missouri city improperly transferred about $860,000 from utility revenues to its general fund while raising sewer and electric rates.

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A state audit has found that a Kansas City charter school was overpaid about $4.3 million in the two years before it closed because administrators inflated student attendance.


Missouri's education department says it's removing schoolchildren's Social Security numbers from a state database.

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education said in an audit report released Wednesday it will stop the practice by the end of June 2016.

The state audit report said collecting Social Security numbers for the student-level record system wasn't necessary and put children at risk in case of a data breach.

Missouri Governor's Office

Gov. Jay Nixon has appointed Thomas Darrough, of Columbia, as the new Boone County Treasurer. The position became vacant after former Treasurer Nicole Galloway was appointed as Missouri State Auditor. 

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  Missouri's newly appointed state auditor says problems still linger in Jackson County Circuit Court and need to be addressed nearly a year after the former court administrator was sentenced to federal prison for embezzling almost $80,000.

(Updated 4/28/2015, 11:58 a.m.)

Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway has named her new senior staff.

In a press release issued Tuesday, she named John Luetkemeyer as Deputy State Auditor and Michael Moorefield as Chief of Staff.

Luetkemeyer has been with the Missouri Auditor's office since 1981.  He was promoted to executive staff in 2008 under former Auditor Susan Montee, a Democrat, and also served as Director of State Audits under Tom Schweich, a Republican.

9-1-1 call center sets transition dates

Sep 18, 2013
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The 911 Personnel Transition Committee has announced key transition dates for the 911 call center project. The project will build a new call center on the Boone County Law Enforcement Campus.

Treasurer Nicole Galloway said the financial responsibilities will transition over on January 1, 2014.

“Boone County will start to fully fund the operations and reimburse the city for the joint communications and 911 operations and this is when that new sales tax revenue will be available,” Galloway said. “So really it’s using the revenue as the voters intended.”