Two ballot questions going before Missouri voters in November won’t cost or save the state any money, according the State Auditor’s office.
One in particular would make changes to how appellate judges are selected. The fiscal note for that measure was put together by Deputy Auditor Harry Otto.
“(We contacted) four statewide offices, 20 other departments/agencies, the House and Senate," Otto said. "Out of those 24 places that we contacted we received comments from 16, and all 16 said ‘no costs associated with this measure.’”
Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich has instructed his staff to stop doing financial estimates for ballot initiatives because of several recent court decisions.
Schweich says the court rulings have made it impossible to conduct financial estimates that can withstand legal challenges.
The memo telling staff to temporarily stop providing financial analyses for initiatives was obtained by The Associated Press under an open-records request.
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