Auditor Otto Runs Up $100K+ In Legal Bills Fighting New LawThe state auditor has run up a $100,000 legal tab as she considers suing to overturn a new audit privatization law. Minnesota lawmakers passed a measure this spring allowing counties to outsource financial audits to private companies.
Auditor Raises New Question About Dayton Plane Use In 2013Gov. Mark Dayton's political campaign is reimbursing the state for $1,688 in plane travel costs after the Minnesota legislative auditor raised doubts about the nature of two trips he took in 2013.
DHS Sees Oversight Changes Following Audit On Court MonitorA 6-month audit of a federal court monitor who charged the state more than a million dollars in expenses is complete.
Lawmakers Revive Auditor Critique With County ComplaintsCounty officials and state lawmakers aired their grievances Tuesday about the state auditor's handling of a new law curbing her office's power. They focused on State Auditor Rebecca Otto's recent request that counties enter into a three-year contract for annual evaluations — even as they're allowed to start hiring private firms for the routine financial audits.
Otto Wants Dayton To Strike Budget Bill Over Audit ClauseMinnesota State Auditor Rebecca Otto wants Gov. Mark Dayton to bring down a wide-ranging state government funding bill over a provision that shifts audit powers away from her.
WCCO Investigates DHS Court Monitor's $1M Bill To Minn. TaxpayersFederal Judge Donovan Frank appointed Court Monitor David Ferleger to make sure Minnesota follows orders to fix serious abuses of disabled patients. And he acts as a court-appointed consultant, making sure the state keeps a promise to reform Minnesota's sex offender treatment program.
Auditor: MNsure's 'Failures Outweighed Its Achievements'A lack of adequate testing before the state's health insurance exchange launched in 2013 and other issues meant the exchange's "failures outweighed its achievements" in its first year, the legislative auditor concluded in a report released Tuesday.
Audit Faults MNsure For MistakesAn audit of MNsure found Minnesota's Human Services Department made multiple mistakes verifying who's eligible for which public health program. Legislative Auditor James Nobles said human services got it wrong at least 17 percent of the time. "We spent a lot of money, taken quite a bit of time now and we ought to be at a point where they can get it right -- all the time, on every case," Nobles said.
Audit Finds MNsure Missteps With Marketing WorkMinnesota's health insurance exchange failed to properly authorize over $925,000 in marketing work and didn't update its contract with its vendor to cover it until after the job was done, Legislative Auditor James Nobles reported Tuesday.
State Agencies Sever Ties With Mpls. Non-ProfitA non-profit, accused of using grant money to fund lavish trips and a Costco membership, was shut down by the state on Friday. The state is seeking $600,000 back from Community Action of Minneapolis. The agency helps low-income families with heating bills and works to find people jobs.
GOP Senators Probe Democrat's Role At Nonprofit State Senate Republicans are questioning a powerful Democrat's involvement with a Minneapolis nonprofit that spent more than $800,000 in taxpayer dollars on trips and personal expenses. Minneapolis Sen. Jeff Hayden sat on the board of Community Action Minneapolis, which was found in an audit to have misused state grants to help low income people.
MN Sen. Says He'll Resign From Community Action BoardA Minnesota senator said that he intends to resign from the Community Action Board after an audit revealed hundreds of thousands of dollars in grant money was used for things like tropical vacations. State Sen. Jeff Hayden also called on CEO Bill Davis to do the same.