Our current State Auditor Rebecca Otto is derelict in her duties. Via Randy Gilbert’s campaign.
MNsure failures in Ramsey County: Where’s Otto?
An exclusive report by KSTP-TV about the continuing failures of the MNsure computer system and its impact on Ramsey County Financial Assistance Services and its applicants is disturbing and disappointing and has Minnesotans asking, “Where’s Otto?”
The Minnesota State Auditor has one primary job: keep a watchful eye on how $20 billion paid by hard working Minnesotans is spent at all levels of local government, including Ramsey County.
This oversight is critical to ensure the money taken from everyday folks is doing what it is supposed to do and is not misused or wasted.
Without explanation, current State Auditor Rebecca Otto has simply ignored the millions of dollars spent bycounty officials on MNSure, expenditures that all parties now admit have not produced anything near the intended value or results. Whether Otto’s refusal to monitor our resources is a result of a lack of experience or familiarity with the Auditor’s responsibilities, or because she is giving a pass to the people who fund her campaign, we know the lack of an oversight plan from the Auditor has hurt those the program was supposed to help. In the face of these problems, taxpayers and the uninsured have a right to ask, “Where’s Otto?”
Minnesota Deserves Better
State Auditor Candidate Randy Gilbert has been a practicing auditor in the private sector his entire career. He has also served the public as a three-term mayor of Long Lake – the sort of local government that the Auditor reviews for financial soundness. As Auditor, Randy knows an audit in the per-implementation phase may have prevented the chaos now facing Ramsey County and other counties across the state with implementing MNSure.
It isn’t often that the challenger in a race for office is more experienced – both inside and outside of government – than the incumbent. Yet in the race to maintain the fiscal integrity of Minnesota’s state and local government, only Randy Gilbert has the knowledge, experience, and independence to provide all Minnesotans the performance they deserve from their State Auditor.
We know every dollar wasted on a poorly run system is a dollar that could educate our youth, help those with real need, or provide tax relief to everyday Minnesotans. Disappointingly, the number of dollars wasted on a poorly run MNSure program with no oversight by the current State Auditor has grown to unprecedented levels.
So, the next time you see a story about the continuing failures of and resources wasted on MNSure across the state, ask yourself, “Where’s Otto?”
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