1) Address the state’s writing of “hot checks.” SB 133 and others sponsored by Senator George Munoz and Representative Nathan Small aim to address the problem of the state spending money it does not have, such as when revenue is unexpectedly low. Recent audits noted that the state is unable to identify deficits when there is a shortfall in a specific fund or agency. During the current fiscal year, there was likely deficit spending before the legislature’s solvency measures took effect.
2) Reform capital outlay. HB 140 sponsored by Representative Daymon Ely calls for special audits at the completion of capital outlay projects of $1 million or more. Auditing large projects helps ensure transparency and accountability and can ultimately result in savings for taxpayers.
3) Accountability for state contracting. SB 107 sponsored by Senator Sander Rue calls for audits at the completion of state agency contracts of $10 million or more. Audits of large state contracts will help deter wrongdoing and ensure that taxpayers are getting what they pay for.
4) Fight fraud, waste and abuse. HB 149 sponsored by Representative Elizabeth Thomson creates a criminal offense for obstructing a governmental audit. Some agency officials have wasted tax dollars and concealed wrongdoing by obstructing audits. The bill enhances accountability by providing consequences for such tactics.