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Political Leaders Say Bill Targets Government Waste

Reported: Feb. 1, 2014 10:18 PM EST
Updated: Feb. 1, 2014 11:33 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Dave Benton) -- State leaders were talking Saturday about cutting down on spending, fraud, waste and abuse of tax dollars.

Legislators in the eastern panhandle announced plans to introduce a bill that would require all state agencies in West Virginia to undergo regular audits.

“Right now, the rules are you have to be audited every two years, if practical,” West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said. “This changes it so you have at least every four years an audit. That eliminates going decades without looking under the hood in the attorney general's office and other constitutional offices.”

Morrisey said more oversight could prevent financial mismanagement in the future, which was seen in the West Virginia Department of Agriculture.

“It'll prevent corruption which we seem to have a lot of i think it's a great idea,” Ed Evans of Charleston said.

“We really saw significant savings and efficiency that could be achieved as a result of information obtained through those audits,” Del. Paul Espinosa, R-Jefferson, said.

“So we think it's a good idea to have all of our state agencies and offices watched on a regular basis, so we can assure they're doing their job, following the law and spending taxpayer money wisely.”

“I think it's a great idea and the reason is to make sure we don't have any fraud or things slip through cracks,” Butch Evans of Charleston said. “Audit the agencies and not the businesses.

This bill was just proposed Saturday morning and will be brought before the legislature in a few days.



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