Krueger-Braneky, DePasquale to discuss government waste Thursday

SWARTHMORE, Oct. 4 – Joined by Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, state Rep. Leanne Krueger-Braneky, D-Delaware, will host a town hall from 10:30 a.m. to noon Thursday, Oct. 6 at the Brookhaven Municipal Center, 2 Cambridge Road, Brookhaven, to discuss government waste and what more can be done to ensure taxpayer dollars are spent appropriately.

"The issue of proper government spending is on the mind of many Pennsylvanians," Krueger-Braneky said. "Auditor General DePasquale has already done a tremendous job acting as the state’s fiscal watchdog, and I look forward to bringing his perspective to our town hall and shedding light on what more can be done to cut down on government waste."

The auditor general’s office is tasked with completing several types of audits:

  • Financial audits: Help ensure the reliability of financial information on which much of the state government operates;
  • Performance audits: Gauge whether or not government programs and activities are meeting stated goals and objectives, and if tax dollars are being spent efficiently and effectively; and
  • Attestation engagements: Provide users of financial or nonfinancial information with assurance to the reliability of the related subject matter or assertion.

"We continue to focus on providing useful and timely audits to help government at the both the state and local levels function more efficiently and effectively for all Pennsylvanians," DePasquale said. "At the same time, we try to be an example for other government agencies in openness and transparency, and by holding the line on operating costs for travel and transportation, real estate leases, records management, parking, and other internal expenses."

Since 2013, Auditor General DePasquale has identified more than $209 million in misspent or recoverable public funds, including $125 million from school districts and charter schools, and more than $27 million from corporate tax return underpayments. He also reduced the operation costs of his own agency by $2.87 million a year through a number of cost-cutting efforts, including reducing the department’s car fleet from 244 to just 16 vehicles. 

Before the town hall, Krueger-Braneky will be hosting a free senior breakfast at the same location. Interested seniors should contact her office to RSVP to the breakfast by calling (610) 534-6880.