Muzzling fiscal watchdog is punishing Minnesota's taxpayers

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Government oversight and transparency are vital to ensuring the people’s trust. The Office of the State Auditor (OSA) oversees over $20 billion of taxpayer money spent yearly by local government in Minnesota. When we find compliance failures or financial improprieties, we must call them out. Due to the nature of the work, we are bound to ruffle feathers at times.State Auditor Rebecca OttoTension between my office and those we oversee means we are doing our job. In the last two years, however, that natural tension has escalated to political retribution. The resulting casualties have been public protection and our government’s proper functioning.Counties are entrusted with billions of taxpayer dollars each year. The Minnesota Constitution intended that...

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