McKeesport must rebound from costly pension mistake says Auditor General DePasquale

McKeesport must rebound from costly pension mistake says Auditor General DePasquale

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale announced Thursday that the City of McKeesport, Allegheny County, erred when it failed to use $729,275 in state pension aid and missed its $2.3 million pension payment in 2015. 

McKeesport officials say they plan to remedy the shortfall with “the sale of an asset in the near future.” Officials also said the state aid was mistakenly placed into McKeesport’s general fund and inadvertently spent before it could be transferred to the employee pension funds. 
Thursday, June 9, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Auditor General calls for mandated competitive bids for school bus services

Auditor General calls for mandated competitive bids for school bus services

Saying he wants to see more dollars being used for the classroom, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale Thursday called for the legislature to take action by mandating that school districts competitively bid school bus contracts.

“The fact that it is not a requirement, in my view, needs to change,” he said. “I want to put more education dollars into our classrooms, not in our school buses.”

Thursday, May 12, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Auditor General warns of “backdoor tax increase” if structural deficit is not resolved

Auditor General warns of “backdoor tax increase” if structural deficit is not resolved

Getting out ahead of the late-spring/early-summer state budget marathon, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale took to the podium Thursday to bring attention to the costs incurred due to the current fiscal year’s budget impasse and the harm that could result should the coming fiscal year’s budget not appropriately address the structural deficit.

“Let me be very blunt about this, as someone who monitors all state spending, including the federal money that flows through the state, if the structural deficit is not dealt with appropriately this year…and we have another budget impasse the rating agencies will downgrade Pennsylvania again this year,” he said. 

Thursday, April 28, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Rotunda Ramblings - March 11, 2016

Rotunda Ramblings - March 11, 2016

This week Rotunda Ramblings brings back witty conversation in breaking down the week's top news items including the end of budget hearings, what the state's pension systems are up to, and the governor issuing an Executive Order providing for a limited increase in the minimum wage. We also sit down with Auditor General Eugene DePasquale and Rep. Seth Grove (R-York) to talk municipal pension reform.

Listen to the whole episode HERE.

Friday, March 11, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: Features
Auditor General spotlights “incomprehensible” double standard at Gaming Control Board

Auditor General spotlights “incomprehensible” double standard at Gaming Control Board

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale Wednesday released a performance audit of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board as a follow up to the department’s 2010 audit of the board, and found what he described as an “incomprehensible” double standard in terms of meal reimbursements between board members and staff.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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