Indiana House Democratic Leader B. Patrick Bauer and Indiana Senate Democratic Leader Vi Simpson today released the following statement on learning of the state’s latest mismanagement of taxpayer funds:
“It’s unfortunate that these announcements are becoming all too common. This marks the third instance of financial mismanagement by Republican officeholders in five months.
“With every accounting blunder, the administration continues to erode what confidence Hoosiers have in state government to manage Indiana’s finances responsibly.
“This is just another example of a system lacking thorough and comprehensive oversight.
“Hoosier taxpayers expect better. This latest flap only reinforces the need for both an exhaustive independent audit of the state’s accounting practices and additional oversight of all fiscal offices.
“The administration needs to act quickly to restore the public’s trust in state government. Hoosiers can’t wait any longer.
“We call on the administration to fast-track an independent audit and broaden the scope to all fiscal offices to ensure that local governments are given accurate, timely budgeting information.
“In addition, steps need to be taken to enhance legislative oversight and restore a system of checks and balances.
“These examples of fiscal mismanagement should serve as a clear indication that the legislature should be more involved in making certain the executive branch is properly managing the state’s finances.”
The comments from House Democratic Leader Bauer and Senate Democratic Leader Simpson come after the announcement of an April excise tax distribution error by the Office of the Auditor. This announcement comes after two other major mistakes of fiscal mismanagement by the administration that involve more than a half billion dollars. Following a motion made by Indiana Senate Democrats, the State Budget Committee unanimously agreed to begin the process of conducting an independent audit of the state’s fiscal practices.