MissouriNet’s Bob Priddy reports that Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder will reimburse the state over $35,000 for hotel bills.
Kinder says two state audits signed by now-Democrat State Chairman Susan Montee raised no questions about his travels or the billings.
He says he will ask the Office of Administration to send half of his reimbursement to the Big Brothers/Big Sisers of Eastern Missouri Amaci mentoring program and to use the other half for a dropout prevention program.
One interesting thing worth noting is Kinder’s rationale for reimbursement - which according to St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Rebecca Berg was to “move this nimbus off the horizon, and let’s get to the real issues that concern this state.” It looks awfully similar to then-Attorney General Jay Nixon’s rationale for repaying the state for use of the state car:
Nixon’s campaign paid the state $47,021.91 on Friday, said spokesman Oren Shur. That includes $27,082.24 as reimbursement for the time attorney general’s staff members spent serving as his security aides on political trips and $19,939.67 to compensate for political mileage on the state car, Shur said.
“This is a voluntary move to allow the focus of this race to return to the issues that matter most, like fixing our state’s health care crisis and making college more affordable,” Shur said. “Now Missourians are waiting for Matt Blunt to do the same and reimburse the state for all the taxpayer money he spends for his security at political events.”