Thursday, January 31, 2013

Statement on IG Welfare Report Revealing the Loss of Millions of Taxpayer Dollars

Today I released the following statement regarding a report by Inspector General Glenn Cunha revealing the continued loss of public dollars and ongoing abuse within the state’s welfare system, while taxpayers are being asked to pay more taxes, fees, tolls, and other expenses to finance the expansion of transportation and education initiatives proposed by the Governor:

“The report released yesterday by Inspector General Cunha proves that there is still substantial work to be done to eliminate and prevent fraud, waste and abuse in our state’s welfare system.  It’s unacceptable that taxpayers would be asked to pay more while millions are being wasted.  Equally unacceptable is the diversion of precious dollars intended to support those in need from people who deserve them to those who do not.

We need to roll up our sleeves and get to work in confronting these issues now, and our caucus is committed to action on them as soon as possible.”