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Panel rejects audit of Indiana revenue department

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Republican members of the State Budget Committee have rejected Democrats' request for an independent audit of the Indiana Department of Revenue for misplacing $320 million.

The panel voted 3-2 along party lines Wednesday to defeat Democrats' request.

Last week, Gov. Mitch Daniels announced that state officials had found $320 million in tax revenue that revenue officials had lost track of after it was collected.

That money went untouched even as lawmakers made deep cuts to education and slashed vacant government jobs while the state weathered the Great Recession.

While Daniels downplayed the discovery, Indiana Democrats called for investigations into how an administration sometimes held up by Republicans as a model for fiscal responsibility could misplace so much money.

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  • More info, please
    This story would be more informative if they listed the members of the panel and how they voted.
  • No Audit?
    This is unbelievable that the same party that 'finds' $300m in lost revenue has the audacity to determine they should not be audited! Who else knows what is 'missing'?
    This goes against everything our Governor supposedly stands for!
  • Throw the bums out
    Here it goes again: the state legislature playing politics rather than conducting honest oversight in government. If we had a Democratic governor, the Republicans would be yelling their heads off. We need good government, not bais government. I say "throw the bums out" and start with Daniels.

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