Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder says he will reimburse the state $35,050 for hotel stays that he billed the state. Recent articles in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch have questioned whether Kinder billed the state for non-government, sometimes political, events in St. Louis.
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.
Kinder did not comment on questions raised about travel expenses to Kansas City and to Springfield.