iBerkshires: State Auditor Publishes Election Reimbursements
September 16, 2011
State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump says the state must give cities and towns more than $2.48 million to cover the cost of extra mandated polling hours for the 2012 March Presidential primary, the September state primary and the November final elections.
The amounts dispersed vary wildly. North Adams will receive $6,552 and Pittsfield $14,742, with smaller communities like Williamstown ($1,161), Clarksburg ($684) and Sheffield ($603) getting much less.
The auditor's Division of Local Mandates determined in 1983 that a state law requiring municipalities to keep voting places open three extra hours was an unfunded mandate and that the state must pay for the increase in election-day staffing costs. The hours are usually earlier and later than regular municipal elections.
Auditor Bump's Interview on NECN
September 1, 2011
On Wednesday Auditor Suzanne Bump was a guest on NECN's Broadside with Jim Braude. Auditor Bump talked about her recent audits of three education collaboratives and her proposed reforms for the Massachusetts education collaborative system. Watch the full interview below.
Boston Globe: Auditor seeking expanded powers
September 1, 2011
State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump yesterday called for new legislation that would broaden her authority to investigate the private organizations that provide an increasing share of the state's public services with taxpayer money.
Bump said a pattern of excessive salaries, pension abuse, and other improprieties at the special education collaboratives that serve children with disabilities shows that the state's fiscal watchdogs need more authority to monitor the spending of taxpayer money.
The legislation, which Bump referred to as the "follow-the-money-bill," would authorize her to audit the use of state funds by any organization, whether it is a government agency, a nonprofit group, a for-profit vendor, or a private subcontractor.
"It would allow me to go wherever the public money is," Bump said at a news conference at which she also introduced a series of recommendations to increase oversight of the state's 30 educational collaboratives.