CA Lawmakers Blast State Agencies Over Hidden Funds

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Lawmakers are expressing outrage over revelations that state park officials hid money and say greater oversight of state accounts is needed. Assembly members used an oversight hearing Thursday as an opportunity to blast state agencies and the governor’s Department of Finance for accounting practices that led to hundreds of millions of dollars in discrepancies in hundreds of special funds. The hearing is the latest fallout from the attempt by some state parks officials to underreport nearly $54 million in two of those funds. The finance department reviewed the 560 funds last week and found no other instances of hidden money. But during the Legislature’s first formal inquiry into the scandal, both Democrats and Republicans suggested the audit was not enough. Lawmakers called for additional investigations and discussed increased oversight measures.

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