Don Fitz for State Auditor - Issues

Duties of Missouri State Auditor: The State Auditor's Office works to ensure the proper use of public funds and to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of Missouri government by performing audits of state agencies, boards and commissions, the circuit court system, the counties in Missouri that do not have a county auditor, and other political subdivisions upon petition by the voters.

 

1. Monsanto and other agribusinesses.

As State Auditor I will examine financial relations between agricultural businesses (such as Monsanto) and Missouri Departments of Agriculture, Conservation, and Natural Resources as well as all campuses of the University of Missouri and all school districts, including gifts such as computers which may promote interests of the corporation. The State Auditor will explore whether the Missouri Department of Health has studied costs to governmental bodies in Missouri which could result from the use of agricultural products such as pesticides and herbicides including, but not limited to Roundup and Dicamba.

 

2. Energy Companies

As State Auditor I will examine relations between energy corporations (including but not limited to Peabody Coal and the Callaway Nuclear Generating Station) for financial malfeasance and gifts which may promote interests of the corporation. The State Auditor will explore whether the Missouri Department of Health has studied costs to governmental bodies in Missouri which would result from a catastrophic nuclear accident that resulted in the loss of numerous lives and billions of dollars which exceeded the nuclear generating station's total liability limit of $700 million established by the 1954 Price-Anderson Act.

 

3. Public Spending for Privatized Medicaid

The purpose of Missouri Medicaid is to help the indigent and underserved get the health care they need. As State Auditor, I will examine how much of our taxpayers’ health care dollars for Missouri Medicaid (MOHealthNet) go directly towards care by providers to patients, and compare what percent of those tax dollars go to administrative costs and profit for the insurance companies and their agents.

 

4. Public Spending for Prisons and Jails

Taxes. Prisoners have to pay taxes on all purchased items despite the fact that the Missouri Department of Corrections (MDOC) acquires those items tax free. As State Auditor, I will examine how much revenue is being generated on the backs of Missourians who financially support their incarcerated loved ones.

Canteen Funds. Revenue from prisoners’ canteen purchases was meant to support activities and programming that benefits prisoners. As State Auditor, I will examine how much of the funds are being misappropriated for other purposes, such as for staff benefits.

Health Care. Missouri law (RSMo 217.230) requires that it provide health care for prisoners “equivalent to community standard.” As your State Auditor, I will examine the contract between MDOC and Corizon Health LLC, to determine whether allocated funds are sufficient to ensure the “community standard” of care which will reduce expensive chronic care needs and hospitalizations. I will also examine how much of our taxpayers’ health care dollars go directly towards care of the incarcerated patients, and compare the percent of those tax dollars which go to staffing, administrative costs and profit for the private health care provider Corizon Health LLC.

 

5. Death Penalty.

Oklahoma, New Mexico, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, and Indiana are just a few of the states which have examined costs of the death penalty and found that it is much more expensive than life without parole. As State Auditor, I will audit total costs: not just the cost of one case, but the costs to the trial jurisdiction of having the death penalty even when a grand jury decides no death sentence is warranted, or a prosecutor asks for death but no death sentence is reached; also costs involving an exoneration at any point in the process, or the sentence is thrown out along the way without reaching execution. The audit will cover costs to local jurisdictions for the initial trial and costs to Missouri for appeals, public defender and other state-funded defense such as costs of the execution itself and of last-minute stays after the costly procedure has been put in place.

 

6. Testing in schools.

Missouri's current system of standardized testing may not accurately gauge student learning. As State Auditor, I will examine whether the cost of Missouri's current system of standardized testing in public education shows a strong enough benefit in student learning to justify its continued usage, or whether other measures would be more beneficial, accurate and cost effective for Missouri.

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