As Peter Raids Paul He Asks…What’s a Little Pillaging Among Friends?

WSOAHere we go again. The elected Washington State Democrats want to raid another office in the budget battles. As most of you know this is the raiding season in Olympia. Elected officials are combing through the budget and taking money from Peter to pay for their favorite Paul’s. Our governor has already raided the set aside MOTCA funds and given them to the Ecology Department. Bye-bye needed cleanup funds,…hello more bureaucracy.

Now our governor and House Democrats propose to take another $10 million from the State Auditors Performance Audit program and give it to???? “Deputy Auditor Jan Jutte said that would amount to a 74 percent cut to the performance audit budget.”Washington_State_Senate_chamber

You might think this is just the normal juggling act between departments – but the funding mandate for performance audits originated from a voter approved ballot measure a decade ago. Just a look at the 2014 Annual Report of the State Auditor shows what we stand to lose:

  • An audit of the “Safe Data Disposal” of our state agencies found weaknesses in the data removal system, which agencies responded swiftly to correct.
  • An audit of Sate IT Security found some agencies were not in compliance and that the standards aligned closely with leading practices.
  • An audit of Electronic Benefit Transfer Cards came of recommendations to improve the state’s ability to keep them from being used by ineligible persons.
  • An audit of the Medicaid Managed Care Program Oversight found weaknesses in the oversight which led to providers being paid more than was appropriate and in turn led to the state paying higher premiums.
  • Other programs audited were Debt Offset Programs and Post-Adoption Services.

Over all since the first performance audit in 2007, governments report they saved approximately $1 billion, and implemented 86% of the recommendations from the Performance Audit Program.

So where else can our elected officials put these funds and come up with $1 billion in savings? Why would any elected official who is concerned about a well-run state government want to drive-a-stake through the heart of a program that works?

Ask your elected officials today!   Elections Matter.

`Lorraine Newman

2014 WSAO Report  WS Auditor Kelley Costing the State


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