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Resource ID: #21660
Subject: State Government
Source: Star (Kansas City, Mo.)
Affiliation: 
Date: Sept. 26-27

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This investigation uncovers unfair funding for the Missouri Department of Conservation. Decades ago, the Department fought for a tax to care for the state's wildlife areas; now, the agency's goals have been met but the tax keeps bringing in millions of dollars. In a time where other state agencies are dealing severe cutbacks, the Conservation Department spends frivolously on hotel rooms, conferences, concerts and even motivational training for the employees. The situation is worsened by the fact that the Conservation Department does not report directly to the state legislature. Furthermore, the department auditor, who should be keeping spending in line, went into business with several department employees.

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