Moul Joins Others in Calling for Greater Government Accountability - Lawmakers say Wolf spending unchecked
12/3/2015
HARRISBURG – Rep. Dan Moul (R-Adams) joined several members of the General Assembly at a news conference this morning at which information was revealed about Wolf Administration spending during the state budget impasse.

Lawmakers have found that since the beginning of this fiscal year, which began on July 1, the Commonwealth has spent $30.4 billion – despite not having a state budget. Their findings also showed that some of that money was spent on office equipment and furniture, subscriptions, membership dues, advertising, unspecified “professional services” and legal fees while school children and social services agencies have gone without needed funding for essential programs and services.

While researching the expenditures, it was discovered the administration was using unspent allocations to state agencies and redirecting that funding to other purposes without the knowledge or consent of the General Assembly.

“It is the Legislature’s duty to analyze and approve funding budgeted for state agencies,” said Moul. “The Wolf Administration has been circumventing the Legislature and using taxpayer dollars without accountability and in ways that do not serve those in need.

PennWATCH is a state website that enables Pennsylvania citizens to track state government spending online. Using this transparency tool, however, we were able to account for less than 25 percent of the money the administration has spent this year and many of those entries were incomplete or ambiguous,” said Moul, who also expressed concern that the Wolf administration has hired 3,100 new state employees during a hiring freeze. “Taxpayers deserve to know how their tax money is being spent,” he said.

To see the report, including recommendations on how to ensure government accountability to taxpayers, visit repMoul.com.

 

To hear Moul’s comments following today’s news conference, click here
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