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Legislation to ‘gut’ State Auditor office was a 3 am bait-and-switch

Thanks for shedding light on the dead-of-night deal to “cripple the office” of the state auditor (“A foolhardy attempt to gut auditor’s office,” editorial, June 2). The Senate conferees, of which we were two, were told during the day that this agreement by leaders to have the “legislative auditor study the state auditor” was necessary to close the bill. At 3 a.m., there was the bait-and-switch to privatization. We weren’t even aware of the repeal of the auditor’s entire authority to audit local government. I can’t help wondering if a local official wants to hire his brother-in-law to do the audit. We need an independent state auditor to guard the public purse.

State Sen. Sandy Pappas
State Sen. Jim Carlson
Minneapolis Star Tribune, June 4, 2015

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