Tom Schweich, Missouri auditor, huffs at suggestion he’s playing dumb

Tom Schweich, Missouri’s new auditor, wussed out of an assignment, and he’s rejecting criticism that he did it for political reasons.

Citing uncertainty, Schweich says he cannot calculate the budgetary implications of a scheme to replace the state’s income tax with a higher sales tax, a fancy of retired investor (and Schweich campaign contributor) Rex Sinquefield. House Minority Leader Mike Talboy, a Kansas City Democrat, and others say Schweich is copping out of his duty to analyze the petition-driven effort to change the state’s tax system.

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