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Auditor General Eugene DePasquale Announces Bid for Second Term

26-Jan-2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 26th, 2016

CONTACT: Sean Murphy, DePasquale for Pennsylvania

sean@eugene4pa.com, 484-941-2885

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale Announces Bid for Second Term

Aggressive audits uncover $100 million in waste in first 3 years

January 26, 2016

York, PA - Auditor General Eugene DePasquale formally announced his intentions to run for re-election.

In his first term as Auditor General, DePasquale has:

-          -Uncovered wasteful charter school spending and lack of plan for Pennsylvania to improve 561 struggling schools throughout the state.

-          -Improved job funding programs through identifying that nearly half of grant recipients failed to meet goals.

-          -Protected health care workers and patients by finding Pennsylvania rarely enforced mandatory overtime laws.

-          -Protected drinking water throughout the state by discovering mismanagement and ineffective oversight of natural gas drilling.

-          -Uncovered $129 million surplus within the Pittsburgh School District that prevented a property tax increase.

DePasquale has also saved over $2 million in the Office of Auditor General by reducing the vehicle fleet by over 90% and modernizing office functions. Furthermore, he has continued groundbreaking transparency efforts by posting all travel expenses online for public review.

“Four years ago, I promised to be a tough, fair, and independent watchdog on behalf of Pennsylvania’s taxpayers.  Since then, my team has uncovered millions in wasteful spending by governments and fought to increase transparency and accountability.  There is still much more work to do, which is why I’m announcing my re-election campaign,” said DePasquale. "The state’s continued budget stalemate highlights the importance of our audits in discovering waste, as well as explaining the drastic costs of the impasse on our local school districts".

 “If re-elected, I plan to continue to be the watchdog of the taxpayers and work to bring more attention to improvements in job creation, public health, transportation, and education while fighting the difficult battles to protect taxpayers,” DePasquale said. “I also plan to perform follow ups of audits performed in my first term to ensure commitments to improving government are kept.”

Since being elected as Auditor General in 2012, DePasquale has focused his audits on a wide variety of subjects including protecting the constitutional right of Pennsylvanians to clean water, calling attention to the growing municipal pension crisis, and discovering vast examples of waste and mismanagement in the Department of Education. DePasquale has also continued to set a strong, fiscal example as the first statewide elected official to post his expenses online while keeping them as low as possible.

Eugene DePasquale resides in York County with his wife Tracey, and children, Ben & Sarah.