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.
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.
Dayton To Stall Special Session Til Anti-State Auditor Law RepealedBecause of State Capitol construction disruption, the State Office Building will be home to the bare-bones special session. Preparations are underway to squeeze the House and Senate inside two small hearing rooms. But those details are looming large.
Dayton Says He'll Fight To Preserve State Auditor AuthorityA measure giving Minnesota counties more power to hire private firms for financial reviews now conducted by the state auditor is likely to be signed into law. But Gov. Mark Dayton says he won't let it stay law for long.
Legislative Auditor To Examine State Teaching BoardMinnesota's teaching board is getting a look from the state's legislative auditor. The board handles appeals from would-be educators denied Minnesota teaching licenses. It's come under scrutiny at the Capitol this year from Republicans and Democrats alike. Some lawmakers and advocates say the board's policies keep qualified teachers out of classrooms.
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.
Otto Beats Entenza In Auditor Race State Auditor Rebecca Otto has survived a primary challenge from former House Minority Leader Matt Entenza. Entenza dipped deep into his personal wealth to try to grab the Democratic nomination. But Otto had the party's backing and cruised to an easy victory.
Entenza Makes Auditor Bid In Late Filing ScurryA surprise Democratic primary for state auditor materialized Tuesday and a top Republican recruit for Congress barely made the ballot, providing last-day drama for Minnesota candidate filing. Former House Minority Leader Matt Entenza filed to run against incumbent Auditor Rebecca Otto...
Auditor Irked By Flaws In Minn. Accounting System A Minnesota government auditor voiced frustration Wednesday over kinks in an almost $70 million state accounting system overhaul that he says have led to delays and other problems in tracking taxpayer dollars. The agency responsible for the system insists past problems with the rollout are being adequately addressed.
Auditor Says Minn. Police's Data Use Has ProblemsEighty-eight law enforcement officials improperly looked up Minnesotans' driver's license information in the last year, according to a statewide audit Wednesday that called for tighter controls on such databases.
Auditor Finds Room For Improvement On Legacy FundsMinnesota has room for improvement in how it manages hundreds of millions of dollars in Legacy Amendment funds, according to two reports issued Wednesday by the Office of the Legislative Auditor.
Former Minn. Auditor Sentenced For Stealing FundsA former auditor with the Minnesota Department of Revenue has been sentenced to 60 months in prison for creating false tax refunds and keeping the proceeds.