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Schweich v Nixon 082611

Schweich v Nixon 082611

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State Auditor Schweich Files Suit in Response to Governor's Withholdings

Suit follows state auditor's report, alleges Gov. Nixon violated constitution in budgeting process
State Auditor Schweich Files Suit in Response to Governor's Withholdings

Suit follows state auditor's report, alleges Gov. Nixon violated constitution in budgeting process

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INTHECIRCUITCOURTOFCOLECOUNTYSTATEOFMISSOURITHOMASA.SCHWEICH,InhisofficialcapacityasAuditoroftheStateofMissouri,Defendant.
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Plaintiff,v.JEREMIAHW.NIXON,inhisofficialcapacityasGovernoroftheStateofMissouri,Serve:Capitol,Room216JeffersonCity,MO65101Alsoserve:ChrisKosterAttorneyGeneralofMissouri207WestHighStreetJeffersonCity,MO65101
PETITIONFORDECLARATORYJUDGMENTANDINJUNCTIVERELIEF
PlaintiffThomasA.Schweich,byandthroughhisattorney,herebystatesandallegesfor hispetitionfordeclaratoryjudgmentandinjunctiverelief:1.PlaintiffThomasA.SchweichisthedulyelectedandactingAuditoroftheState ofMissouriandbringsthissuitinhisofficialcapacity.. 2.Inhisofficialcapacity,Plaintiffexercisespowersandrights,andperformshisdutiesasprovidedforbyArticleIV,Section13,MissouriConstitution(1945)andChapter29, RSMo.
 
3.DefendantJeremiahW.NixonisthedulyelectedandactingGovernoroftheStateofMissouri.4.PlaintiffispresentlyconductinganauditoftheDefendantpursuanttoPlaintiffsconstitutionalandstatutorydutiesasprovidedbyArticleIV,Section13,MissouriConstitution,andSection29.200,RSMo.5.PlaintiffbegananauditofDefendantonJune27,2011.Plaintiff,aspartofthisauditprocess,reviewedDefendant'sbasisforhiswithholdingorderonJune10,2011,ofover$170milliondollarsforthefiscalyear2012[hereinafterFY2012]budgetoftheStateofMissouriasappropriatedbytheMissouriGeneralAssembly[hereinafter"legislature"]andapprovedbyDefendant,eventhoughFY2012wouldnotstartuntilJuly1,2011.$57millionof thewithholdsfromtheFY2012budgetarefromgeneralrevenue.AtrueandcorrectcopyofthewithholdsisattachedheretoasExhibitAandincorporatedhereinbyreference.6.DefendantwithheldFY2012fundsformanyprograms,includingParentsasTeachers,BrightFlightCollegeScholarships,AccessMissouriScholarships,communitycolleges,stateuniversities,Medicaid,DomesticViolenceGrants,Alzheimer'sgrants,MissouriDepartmentofTransportation(MoDOT),schooltransportation,OfficeofChildAdvocate,Area AgencyonAgingGrants,andChildren'sTreatmentServices.SeeExhibitA.7.OnoraboutJune10,2011,Defendantreallocated$50millionofthewithheldfundstootherbudgetlineitemsfordisasterrelief.AtrueandcorrectcopyofthereallocationsisattachedheretoasExhibitBandincorporatedhereinbyreference.8.UnderSection29.235,RSMoandthe
GovernmentAccountingStandards
(July2007Revision)issuedbytheComptrollerGeneraloftheUnitedStatestheauditorisrequiredto2
 
performproceduresdesignedtoensurethatpublicofficialsconductthefinancialbusinessofthepublicinaccordancewithsoundaccountingprinciplesandthelaw.9.OnJuly27,2011,PlaintiffsauditorsmetwithDefendant'sbudgetdirectorandaskedforanyandalldocumentation(e.g.,intheformofspreadsheets,costanalysis,revenue analysisandprojections)thatwouldprovideabasisforDefendant'sFY2012withholdsandreallocations.Defendant'sbudgetofficertoldPlaintiffsauditorsthatthereisnoformaldocumentedwithholdingcalculationandthatnoformulaisusedtoestablishwithholdingamounts.Defendant'sbudgetdirectoralsoadvisedPlaintiffsauditorsthattherewereno"figures"tosupportthereallocationof$150millionfordisasterrelief.NordidDefendant'sbudgetdirectorprovideanydocumentationshowinganalysisthatFY2012revenuewouldbelowerthantherevenueestimatesusedasthebasisfortheFY2012budgetwhichwasenactedintolaw.10.OnAugust18,2011,PlaintiffsauditorsmetwithDefendant'sbudgetdirectorandotherrepresentativestoreviewPlaintiffsdraftletter(No,2011-43)whichpointsouttheunconstitutionalityofDefendant'swithholdsandreallocationsforFY2012.AtrueandcorrectcopyofthefinalversionofPlaintiffsletter(AuditorNumber2011-43)isattachedheretoasExhibitCandincorporatedhereinbyreference.
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AttheAugust18,2011,meetingdescribedinparagraph10ofthisPetition,Defendant'sbudgetdirectorandrepresentativesdeniedthatDefendantwasactingunconstitutionallybutcouldnotciteanyauthorityfortheFY2012withholdsandreallocationsotherthantoassertthattheDefendanthadtheresponsibilitytobalancethebudget.12.OnAugust19,2011,PlaintiffofficiallydeliveredPlaintiffsletter(AuditorNumber2011-43)toDefendant.Plaintiff,inthelettertoDefendant,encouragedDefendanttoworkwiththelegislaturetoresolvetheconstitutionalissues.Subsequenttothatdeliveryon
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