A state auditor facing corruption and abuse of office is seeking a huge increase in the state budget.
All of Delaware’s various departments have submitted their budget requests for the next fiscal year 2023 this month, as state budget officials prepare the budget recommended by Governor John Carney.
As in past years, the State Auditor’s office is seeking additional funds to cover the cost of completing important federal mandates.
State Auditor Kathy McGuiness said the state is still failing to fully fund the three most important state audits, leaving about 1/3 of the costs unmet.
“Not completing it on time could jeopardize the federal funding that Delaware receives each year, so there’s a lot of organization going into it,” McGuiness said.
McGuiness is asking for over $ 1 million added to his department’s contract budget to fully fund these audits.
State Budget Director Cerron Cade said the office was not doing enough to find other sources of funding first.
“We are talking about federal grants,” Cade said. “These federal grants come with administrative dollars that are specifically intended, in some cases, for the work you do. So we want to make sure that you take advantage of all these opportunities to generate income. “
It is common for state employees to first examine federal sources of funding for their projects before turning to lawmakers to dig further into state coffers.
McGuiness also wants to transfer seven positions to the state general fund, citing a decrease in special funds allocated to his department over the past 5 years.
And above the presentation were McGuiness’s criminal charges. She faces several crimes for alleged misconduct in the performance of her duties. During the virtual hearing, a member of the audience posted a comment wondering how they could trust the auditor to use the extra funds responsibly, considering the fees.
Roman Battaglia is a member of the corps with Report for America, a national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms.