DePasquale announces audit into whether frequent winners exploit PA Lottery

DePasquale announces audit into whether frequent winners exploit PA Lottery

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale announced Wednesday he would be undertaking a review of state lottery policies in an effort to ensure that frequent winners who have defrauded other states for tens of millions of dollars are not liable to strike again in Pennsylvania.

Investigations in other states have found some lottery participants win repeatedly, including at stores they or their friends own, to a degree that is statistically improbable. Some of these have included criminal schemes in an effort to help lottery winners circumvent tax laws, although other winners merely claim that their good fortune is due to the frequent purchasing of tickets.
Wednesday, December 4, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Auditor General DePasquale admonishes Pittsburgh Public Schools for its travel spending

Auditor General DePasquale admonishes Pittsburgh Public Schools for its travel spending

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale released an audit reprimanding Pittsburgh Public Schools for “failing” to properly control its travel costs Wednesday. In a report which condemned a lack of financial oversight and outlined the district’s travel budget increasing over the course of three years, DePasquale declared the district’s spending in this area didn’t hold any clear benefit for its students. 

According to DePasquale the school board has neglected fiscal oversight to the point of it being “non-existent.” Currently the district’s travel budget for 2019 is $453,231, which is double Philadelphia's $217,906 budget despite that city having far more students. 
Thursday, November 21, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Auditor General says the state should do more to address climate change

Auditor General says the state should do more to address climate change

Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale on Wednesday outlined a series of recommendations designed to address the threat posed to the state by climate change.

DePasquale’s 40-page report suggested that state and local entities are ill-prepared for the potential effects of climate change and that Pennsylvania will endure increased financial and health impacts if state lawmakers fail to act. 
Wednesday, November 13, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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As Shapiro challenger announces, 2020 row office races begin to take shape

As Shapiro challenger announces, 2020 row office races begin to take shape

At least one candidate has announced their plans to take on Attorney General Josh Shapiro in the next election, with Pittsburgh lawyer Heather Heidelbaugh announcing Tuesday she plans to seek the GOP nomination in the race.

In addition to her work at the law firm Leech Tishman, Heidelbaugh also represented the Republican State Committee in a 2009 suit against the liberal activist group ACORN for voter fraud--a move that gained her national attention, including an appearance before a Congressional committee investigating the matter. She also served as an at-large member of Allegheny County Council from 2011 to 2015.
Tuesday, November 12, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Auditor General outlines recommendations for fighting fentanyl use in new report

Auditor General outlines recommendations for fighting fentanyl use in new report

Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale on Wednesday outlined a series of recommendations for federal and state lawmakers designed to reduce the effects that fentanyl has had on Pennsylvania.

 

The recommendations are the result of DePasquale’s new report on fentanyl, a synthetic drug 50 times more powerful than heroin that was found in 67 percent of the 5,456 overdose deaths Pennsylvania saw in 2017.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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