State GOP Lawmakers clamor for more audits of Philadelphia

Tony Romeo
February 17, 2019 - 4:00 am



HARRISBURG, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) -- As the state’s chief financial watchdog appeared at budget hearings this week, Republican lawmakers made a pitch for more auditing of Philadelphia.

It started with a member of the state House Appropriations Committee asking for an audit of city government.

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale responded that he is not, by law, empowered to audit the entire city government, but that he does have the authority to examine how state dollars that flow into the city are spent.

To that extent, he said his agency has audited Philadelphia’s Department of Human Services and is currently bird-dogging the city’s process of selecting new voting machines.

He also touted that his audit of the school district had ‘a lot of findings.’

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The Appropriations chairman, Republican Stan Saylor, followed up by telling DePasquale, “When you find smoke, there’s probably some fire.”

“Since you’ve found it in everything else that you’ve done in Philadelphia, I believe that it justifies other audits,” Saylor added.

Saylor said it’s a reasonable request, and DePasquale agreed.

“There’s no question it’s a reasonable question and request and [we’re> happy to have that discussion,” he said.