Missouri’s Lieutenant Governor is asking the legislature for money to help him look for waste in the state government.

Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder

Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder

Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder has asked a House Budget subcommittee to return his budget in the new fiscal year to the level it was in 2009. He says he wants that money to help pay for a website to get tips about wasteful state government spending.

Kinder says he wants the additional money to maintain the website once it launches.

“If my office is unable to find waste, abuse and inefficiencies in government that more than make up for the increased budget allocation, I will discontinue the program and return the additional money to the state.”

The increase he is asking for would be about $38,000. Kinder says the website was ready to launch last year but he sat on it to avoid the appearance of political motivation.