Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder Press Releases
February 13, 2012
Lt. Governor Peter Kinder cuts costs, returns state car
Since 2009, he has slashed office budget nearly 10 percent
JEFFERSON CITY – Missouri Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder today announced he is returning to the state his official vehicle as part of his continuing efforts to cut costs in the Lieutenant Governor's Office.
Last week, Kinder made his 2013 budget request, which calls for no increase in funding. Since 2009, the Lt. Governor's Office budget has decreased 9.7 percent, from $451,361 to $407,557
"In spite of those decreases, I am happy to point out that during that span I still returned an average of 7.5 percent in unspent state funds to the state, highlighted by the almost 10 percent I returned last year," Kinder said.
In addition to the unspent money Kinder returns to the state every year, he also is returning his official car to the state. He asked that the car be sold, and the proceeds be put in the state's General Revenue fund.
Kinder has returned more than 5 percent, on average, of his budget to the state each year he has been lieutenant governor.
"This is a trend I started when I was elected President Pro Tem of the Missouri Senate in 2001 and trimmed the Senate Budget the following year by almost 10 percent," Kinder said. "While my office budget has been cut each year, I've continued to return unspent funds to the state."