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.
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“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.”