You know it's bad when the veteran bureaucrat of 3 administrations resigns on the day he calls in the State Auditor & Inspector.
What looks like a page from the Bernie Madoff playbook, is happening in the State Health Department. the now-disgraced former commissioner ran out of accounts to juggle money from.
On October 31st, Terry Cline resigned effective immediately. He had been a top-level agency leader of various agencies, going back to the Keating administration and his 2 successors. Cline has had a bad reputation for his instability in working with corporate contractors who provided various health services to the state. He is known to announce radical cuts in reimbursement with little notice.
State Auditor, Gary Jones, said that the audit will take months to complete. It appears from all signs that we will not be pleased with the reality of that report.
The Governor Quit Ordering Audits Of Her Govt.
Yesterday, Rep. John Bennett renewed his call for a sweeping and rigorous regimen of agency audits. In the debate over yet another tax revenue increase which the House is disguising as "closing a carve-out exemption", Bennett decried the lack of legislative oversight of our bulging agency budgets, and their incessant desperation narrative for yet more.
Jamison Faught of the Muskogee Politico points to a new commission of the legislature, to oversee quadrennial audits of the top 20 agencies.
The governor signed the bill, but hasn't yet appointed members so that the commission can get started.
Incidently, the Democrats in both houses voted against this new auditing process. One can wonder why they would not want agencies scrutenized for inefficiencies, corruption, and waste?
Almost all taxes in Oklahoma are assessed as a percentage, creating a dynamic where the govt. grows only when the people can afford to support that growth. even then, a 'rainy day' fund helps take the bite out of market corrections that the economy sustains.
Back to the Health Dept. Scandal...
Patrick Riley of the Lost Ogle caught these comments from Auditor, Gary Jones...