Otto Sues Over Law Allowing Private AuditsState Auditor Rebecca Otto has filed a lawsuit challenging a new state law that diminished her office's powers.
Royalty Rates Cut For Taconite ProducersMinnesota officials are giving a break to three taconite producers by retroactively lowering their royalty rates on ore mined on the Iron Range.
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.
State Auditor Otto Contracts With Law Firm Over Audit ChangeState 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.
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.
GOP Calls For Investigation Of State Auditor's Contract TacticsA 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.
Report: Criminal Forfeitures Netted State Agencies Nearly $7M Last YearState officials released a report Tuesday detailing the amount of cash and property seized by law enforcement agencies in criminal forfeitures across Minnesota last year.
Former Treasurer: 'It's Wrong' To Cut Auditor's Office DutiesA 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.
Talking Points: Daudt Talks Looming Shutdown, Auditor Bill IssuesHouse Speaker Kurt Daudt, who was a guest on WCCO Sunday Morning, said he hopes there isn’t a shutdown over the language in the auditor bill the governor signed and then disagreed with.
Dayton Asks Lawmakers To Slow Down Auditor ChangesWith 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.
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.
State Auditor Otto To Legislature: Don't Let Private Firms Do My WorkTop 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.
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.
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.
Minnesota Won't Dump Pension-Fund Holdings In Israeli BondsTop Minnesota leaders declined Wednesday to shy from pension-fund investments in Israeli bonds despite persistent and passionate appeals from a group that argues the state is improperly taking sides in the Israeli-Palestinian dispute.