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House GOP: Hold Hearings on Abuse and Waste of State Taxpayer Dollars

May 31, 2018 By Staff
House GOP: Hold Hearings on Abuse and Waste of State Taxpayer Dollars

House Republican Leader Themis Klarides (R-Seymour) and House Republicans are calling for hearings on numerous auditors' reports covering at least 16 state agencies or programs.

House Republican Leader Themis Klarides (R-Seymour) is leading the Connecticut House Republicans’ call for hearings on a number of state auditors’ reports this week, a sign that the minority party is frustrated with what they consider “abuse, wasteful spending,” and conflicts in state agencies or programs.

“The sheer magnitude of government mismanagement and questionable spending and hiring practices within state government has been repeatedly highlighted by the auditors in their oversight reports,’’ Klarides said. “Last year we succeeded in giving the proper legislative committees the authority to formally review these egregious practices within six months. Some of those deadlines have already passed and we need to act.’’

A document attached includes some House GOP statistics that at first glance would upset Connecticut taxpayers:

  • 58.4 percent of auditor recommendations are “unresolved or partially unresolved,” while only 41.6 percent have been resolved over a two-year period
  • State auditors have issued a total of 516 recommendations to state agencies
  • 19 audit reports have hearing deadlines before the end of 2018

Klarides and House Republicans are calling for those hearings. It’s unclear how much time Democrats and Republicans will be able to carve out, especially as legislators work their reelection campaigns this summer and fall.

One auditor’s report, on the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), received statewide attention in April after the auditors reported DECD has been overstating the jobs created by state-sponsored programs and understating the amount of tax money spent.

Read Reclaim Connecticut’s interview with Connecticut’s two auditors here.