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License plate funds abused

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From page B1 | April 29, 2013 | 4 Comments

SACRAMENTO – Senator Ted Gaines, R-Rocklin, vice chair of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee, issued the following statement regarding State Auditor Elaine Howle’s report on California’s specialty license plate program.

“I am extremely disappointed in the results of the audit report released today on California’s specialized license plate program. Last year, Sen. DeSaulnier, D-Concord, chair of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee, and I called for this investigation out of suspicion that the program was not being implemented appropriately. Unfortunately, our suspicions were correct and the egregious misuse of these funds is absolutely unacceptable.”

“When Californians spend their hard-earned dollars to provide funding for special causes like anti-terrorism efforts and keeping Lake Tahoe blue, they fully expect the responsible state agencies will act in good faith, follow the law and use the millions of dollars collected for their designated purpose – not for unrelated office supplies and travel expenses.”

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  • cookie65April 29, 2013 - 5:35 am

    If misuse of these funds was unacceptable it wouldn't be happening. It is standard operating procedure anymore. How can someone on the inside be surprised by this. When you have "500-some" state agencies it is no longer about being responsible with other peoples money.

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  • Jim RiordanApril 29, 2013 - 12:55 pm

    Ted, when you say "they (the taxpayers) fully expect the responsible state agencies will act in good faith, follow the law and use the millions of dollars collected for their designated purpose " I wonder of whom you speak. This taxpayer does not "fully expect" that any of these myriad of pigs sucking at our public trough will do anything that is in the best interest of the taxpayers. In fact I "fully expect " the majority will ALWAYS do what is in THEIR personal best interests. To me, You and Beth are exceptions. Most of the others should be in jail keeping good company with all the other thieving felons.

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  • kggApril 29, 2013 - 3:18 pm

    senator gaines should reveal on what the "millions of dollars" were actually spent, and not use vague terms "unrelated office supplies and travel expenses".

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  • francescaduchamp@att.netApril 29, 2013 - 4:10 pm

    " use the millions of dollars collected for their designated purpose ..." oh no shes going to talk about the $5,000.00 carpet for the library...nope --for James--I now know--no one cares.

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