I wrote earlier today about the Legislature voting to strip State Auditor Josh Gallion of his authority to initiate performance audits. They did this through an amendment to the auditor’s budget in Senate Bill 2004. It is — without question — one of the worst moves of the 2019 Legislative Session.
Gallion has been doing an exceptional job of making the twin principles of accountability and transparency paramount to his office. It’s time that the people of North Dakota fight back against the Bismarck political establishment by contacting Governor Doug Burgum and urging him to line item veto this horrendous portion of SB 2004. You can do this by clicking here.
It’s vital that Governor Burgum know that we support the State Auditor’s ability to act independently in carrying out his “duties, powers, and responsibilities” in “detecting and reporting any defaults, and determining that expenditures have been made in accordance with law and appropriation acts.” This is even bigger than Josh Gallion. We need to protect the office of State Auditor. Please act now!
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