Audit of Missouri governor to include travel costs

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. | Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich (shwyk) plans to examine Gov. Jay Nixon's travel expenses.

Schweich said Friday that the governor's office is due for a regularly scheduled audit this year, and part of that will focus on Nixon's practice of billing agencies for his state airplane travel.

An audit released earlier this month by Schweich's predecessor, Susan Montee, faulted the mental health department for paying travel costs for the governor that had little to do with the agency. Schweich says the issue of gubernatorial travel also will be addressed in two other agency audits already in progress.

He says it's natural to follow up on Nixon's travel as part of the governor's office audit, because it has raised red flags in the past.