Legislature sits on $118 million surplus

Legislature sits on $118 million surplus

As of June 30, 2016, the Pennsylvania General Assembly sat on a funding reserve of $118 million, a report from an independent auditor released Monday morning states.

 

The audit, performed by accounting firm Boyer & Ritter of Camp Hill for the price of $172,500 and accepted by the Legislative Audit Advisory Commission (LAAC) Monday shows that the legislative surplus—oft the aim of criticism over legislative transparency and money-hoarding—was down from the surplus of $126 million reported as of June 30, 2015, and nearly $90 million less than the surplus was just a decade ago.

Monday, March 20, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Proposed Pittsburgh ordinance would make performers pay fair share for taxpayer facilities

Mayor Bill Peduto’s administration is introducing an ordinance to close a loophole that allowed performers that come to Pittsburgh to hide income and get out of paying full value for using taxpayer-funded facilities. 

 

The ordinance is a response to legislation created by Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak (District 4) in 2014 calling on City Controller Michael Lamb to audit the Sports and Exhibition Authority and the Stadium Authority. That audit found a loophole that allowed performers to hide their earnings from the city by paying themselves a small amount and utilizing a trust account to shield the remainder of their earnings. 

Monday, July 11, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh

General Assembly has $161 million surplus

The Legislative Audit Advisory Committee Monday approved the audit of the General Assembly, which showed the legislative branch of Pennsylvania’s government has a surplus (or a reserve fund) of $161 million, an $8 million increase over last year. 

Monday, February 23, 2015/Author: The PLS Reporter
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Auditor General: Jobs programs lack proper oversight

Auditor General: Jobs programs lack proper oversight

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale released a performance audit of grant programs in the Department of Community and Economic Development aimed at job creation, which found that accountability and transparency in the department in relation to the programs are lacking.

“These tools in the department that they have are important tools for job creation in Pennsylvania, I believe they do a good job there in the department,” DePasquale said. “They’ve done good work, and I think we just need to get better at it.”

Wednesday, December 10, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Auditor General: York City School District audit impeded by state receivership petition

Auditor General: York City School District audit impeded by state receivership petition

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale Thursday took to the Capitol newsroom to express his frustration that his matter-of-course audit of the York City School District has to be halted due to the state’s request for the district to be put in receivership.

“One thing that I would say is odd, is that I have found the Department of Education is not efficient about anything,” DePasquale told reporters at Thursday morning’s briefing. “Yet, they seem to be efficient about this, that’s what I find odd.”

Thursday, December 4, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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