Monday, June 12, 2006

AUDIT FINDS SMELLY SMOKE AT FEE OFFICES

Missouri Auditor Claire McCaskill on Monday issued a report on fee-agent offices -- the place where you go to get your vehicle license. Gov. Matt Blunt took away 11 such offices in Missouri from the Department of Revenue and awarded them to friends and campaign contributors.

Blunt swears there's nothing illegal going on, but there's an ongoing FBI investigation.

McCaskill's audit found no smoking gun, only the stench of smoke. Equipment was auctioned off at ridiculously low prices; the Springfield office's equipment was sold for $3,100 (The Blunt-run Department of Revenue calls the equipment "essentially worthless" and claims it made a profit).

About 250 pieces of state-owned equipment are missing. Bad business practices abound; several offices were opened by private contractors who didn't have signed contracts with the state.

The Springfield offices -- the sole office on Park Central Square has been split into three locations -- are big money makers. McCaskill's report says the Springfield offices brought in fees of $975,000 in fiscal year 2004. Being tight with Matt and Roy Blunt has its privileges.

Read the summary here, or read the complete audit (.pdf) by clicking here.

6 comments:

John Stone said...

If you have had to deal with those a-holes lately you cannot do anything other than wish that all of them .. employeers and employees both ... go to jail...

Republican friendliness to the taxpayers ...

Anonymous said...

WOW a cool mill in cash just for picking the right horse in the guv race. I am sure the boy Gov's political cronies need the cash a lot more then the kids, seniors and disabled folks they threw off medicaid. I wonder if all the preachers who told their good church folks to vote for the boy gov are proud of the high moral standard set by this benevolent gesture. Blessed are the ...

The Libertarian Guy said...

Hmm... McCaskill's office finds evidence of tomfoolery.

No wonder the N-L and the City Council are against McCaskill auditing Springfield...

Anonymous said...

Springfield is not the only example ... the fee office in Republic was given over to Republican glad-hander Ron Mark (who also manages H&R Block offices in southwest Missouri). Ron keeps running for political office ... he just never seems to be able to win. So instead, he is making money off his volunteer political work from over the years.

Anonymous said...

So, how do I open a State License office? I have a computer and a printer. What else do I need? Seems like a suh-weet racket!

Anonymous said...

To open a state license office, besides having a computer and printer, you would need to have your head planted squarely up Baby Blunt's ass. Not so suh-weet, now is it?