California’s Hidden Checkbook

In Analysis by Michael Rae

California’s State Controller, Betty Yee, is responsible for paying each of the state’s bills. Unfortunately for Californians, she may have just bought the state a costly lawsuit because she has refused to account for any of the 49 million checks her office writes each year, covering $320 billion in payments.
California is being sued by OpenTheBooks, a nonpartisan, nonprofit watchdog organization that tracks how politicians and bureaucrats spend taxpayer dollars, which seeks to provide transparent access of that information to the public. In a recent article in Forbes, OpenTheBooks’ CEO Adam Andrzejewski describes how out out-of-sync California’s state controller office is

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