Thursday, March 14, 2013

Hidden funds rampant in California state government

Maybe they could take the money and stick it into the pensions....

t's not just Cal Fire under scrutiny, but also State Parks and Recreation, with $54 million in hidden fees -- also off the books. And now another government agency is in the spotlight.

"Last Friday, we heard about the Department of Fish and Wildlife, where revenues from multiple leases were improperly used," said Assemblyman Adam Gray, the Merced Democrat who chairs the Joint Legislative Audit Committee. "Is this just the tip of the iceberg?"

Testimony at the Capitol on Wednesday indicated a pattern of hidden funds -- something the state auditor will be examining this spring.

One recommendation offered to the committee -- asking the banks to provide records of all state agency accounts -- to determine exactly how many are off the books.

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