Nielsen Responds To Findings of Underreported Special Funds

Monday, July 30, 2012

(Sacramento) - Assemblyman Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber) today released the following statement in response to media reports that there are tens of millions of underreported dollars in over 17 state special funds and the outrageous practice of operating under an honor system rather than detailed accounting. 

"This latest revelation regarding staggering discrepancies about special fund balances across the agencies of government underscores the urgency for an immediate and thorough review of every agency budget with particular scrutiny being applied to these special funds," said Nielsen. "This is a long established systemic practice in most state agencies which needs to stop. The Governor and the Legislature should devote much more time and effort to managing the revenues we already have, rather than asking taxpayers for more. It is wrong and dishonest to ask hard working Californians to reach even deeper into their pockets to fund a government that cannot seem to responsibly manage what it already has."

Attached to this release is an Opinion Editorial authored by Assemblyman Jim Nielsen regarding the Parks scandal and the need for the Legislature to scrutinize all state agencies to prevent such abuses in the future.