State Auditor Rebecca Otto has paid out $21,000 in legal fees already to a law firm she retained to give her advice about a new audit privatization law. Documents released to The Associated Press under a government records request show the firm was retained in June.
County 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.
A top state Republican leader is calling for Minnesota House hearings into the actions of the Democratic state auditor. This is after a WCCO investigation discovered county auditors who accuse State Auditor Rebecca Otto of pressuring them into long-term audit contracts with her office, even though a new state law allows them to hire private audit firms starting next year.
A former Minnesota State Treasurer said he supports efforts by State Auditor Rebecca Otto to push back against a new law that cuts some of the duties of her office.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says he hopes to call a special session as soon as possible. Dayton says his office is working out the final details with Republican leaders to agree on the spending bills that fund state government.
Republican Lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton have reached a deal on the Minnesota state budget, avoiding a potential government shutdown on July 1 that would have left around 9,500 government workers unemployed.
With thousands of state jobs in limbo, top lawmakers called it a week — with no deal to finish their work in a special session. Legislators now have just 25 days to reach a deal or parts of the government start shutting down on July 1.
Because 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.
Gov. Mark Dayton says he won’t call a special session until lawmakers agree to repeal changes chipping away at the state auditor’s authority.
Top state lawmakers say they are “very close” to an agreement to hold a special session in the next few days — but still no official word on when. Republicans and Democrats reached agreement Monday on an education spending bill that was causing the budget impasse. But there’s another issue that has the state auditor considering going to court.
Minnesota 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.
Democrat Rebecca Otto has won a third term as state auditor, beating Republican challenger Randy Gilbert. The state auditor serves mainly as a watchdog over local government finances. Last year as a member of Minnesota’s Executive Council, Otto voted against approving some copper-nickel prospecting leases in the Iron Range. She said she wanted financial assurances that taxpayers wouldn’t be stuck with the cleanup costs.
Voters in Minnesota will be going to the polls in just two days to cast their primary ballots in the U.S. Senate race, the Governor’s race on the Republican side and a surprising State Auditor’s race on the DFL side.
When Rebecca Otto scored her first political win, few Democrats reveled in it more than Matt Entenza. That was 2003, when Otto snatched a Republican-held legislative seat in a special election with the help of a Democratic House caucus led by Entenza. Back then he proclaimed Otto’s win “a political earthquake.”
The race for Minnesota state auditor is usually a low key affair, but this year the Democratic primary is turning out to be one of the most heated of all races. In a surprise move and at the very last minute, former House Minority Leader Matt Entenza jumped into the race against the incumbent and fellow Democrat Rebecca Otto.
Dozens of elected auditors are descending on St. Paul. The National State Auditors Association planned to open its multi-day annual conference on Tuesday in Minnesota, the home to the group’s current president.
The normally quiet Minnesota state auditor’s race is suddenly heating up. Former Minnesota House leader Matt Entenza filed last-minute papers to run against fellow Democrat Rebecca Otto, who has been state auditor for the last eight years.
A suddenly competitive primary for state auditor has some top Minnesota Democrats rallying behind two-term incumbent Rebecca Otto while others aren’t ready to discount Matt Entenza, the former state legislator who has statewide campaign experience.
Minnesota Democrats have endorsed Rebecca Otto for a third term as state auditor. Otto told delegates Saturday she works every day to make sure Minnesotans can trust their government, because when people trust their government they support it.
Former Long Lake Mayor Randy Gilbert has won Republican backing in his second bid for the state auditor’s post. Gilbert has an accounting background and was the only candidate for the Republican endorsement awarded Friday at the Minnesota GOP convention in Rochester.
Minnesota State Auditor Rebecca Otto is asking voters to give her another four years in the role. The two-term Democrat released a Web video Tuesday that declares her intention to seek re-election in 2014.