Pennsylvania Auditor General en DEP Audited, But It Disagrees With Findings <p>After an 18-month audit, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has been called “outdated, understaffed and underfunded” when it comes to monitoring the impact of Marcellus Shale drilling on water quality.&nbsp;</p><p>“For an analogy internally we believe it’s like firefighters trying to put out a five-alarm fire with a 20-foot garden hose,” said Auditor General Eugene DePasquale.</p><p>The audit resulted in eight findings with 29 recommendations. DePasquale said 18 of the recommendations would not cost tax payers any more money.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:34:18 +0000 Jess Lasky 33018 at PA Auditor General Finds Port Authority Improved Over Latest Audit <p>The Port Authority of Allegheny County is in a “significantly better place” today than it was in the last audit, according to Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale.</p><p>The most recent audit covers the period of July 1, 2007 through Dec. 31, 2012. The last audit was completed in 2007 by former Auditor General Jack Wagner. At that time, there were serious concerns with unsustainable pension and healthcare costs.</p><p>DePasquale said now, the picture has improved.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 18:56:14 +0000 Deanna Garcia 26382 at PA Auditor General Finds Port Authority Improved Over Latest Audit PA Auditor General to Scrutinize Pittsburgh Public Schools <p>Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale was in Pittsburgh with Mayor Bill Peduto on Monday to announce an upcoming audit of Pittsburgh Public Schools.</p><p>DePasquale said the audit is part of a larger statewide effort based on a new three-tiered system that ranks schools based on financial risk.</p><p>“We are starting our first wave of high risk audits, and Pittsburgh is our first high risk audit for the Western part of the state,” DePasquale said. “That’s not just because of the size of the city, but simply the financial challenges that the city school district is facing.”</p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 21:12:56 +0000 Liz Reid 23446 at PA Auditor General Urges Officials to Raise the State’s Minimum Wage <p>Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale is calling on Gov. Tom Corbett and the Legislature to raise the state’s minimum wage from the current $7.25.</p><p>“As the state’s fiscal watchdog, I think this would be good for the state budget," DePasquale said. "I believe it would help stimulate the economy and most importantly, it’s just the right thing to do to put money in the pockets of working families who have gone without a raise for far too long."</p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 20:34:12 +0000 Deanna Garcia 21604 at PA Auditor General Urges Officials to Raise the State’s Minimum Wage PA's Anti-Puppy Mill Law Enforcement Criticized <p>Pennsylvania's independently elected fiscal watchdog says the state is doing a poor job enforcing an anti-puppy mill law that's designed to protect buyers and ensure breeders maintain humane practices.</p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 20:05:36 +0000 Michael Lynch & The Associated Press 13201 at State AG: Proposed Funding Increase Not Enough to Stave Off Furloughs <p>Pennsylvania’s top fiscal watchdog isn’t sure an offer from state House Republicans to hike his agency’s funding could prevent some of the layoffs planned for mid-June.<br><br>Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said the proposed $2.6 million increase wouldn’t be enough to bring back all 67 people throughout the state who are slated to lose their positions.<br> Fri, 31 May 2013 16:14:28 +0000 Mary Wilson & WESA Staff 10553 at