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DePasquale Slams Susquehanna River Basin Commission's Booze Bill, Extravagant Expenses

HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) Thousands of your taxpayer dollars being spent on food and alcohol. That was the finding of a recent audit into the "Susquehanna River Basin Commission." It's tasked with preserving the water supply and quality from the river. But Pennsylvania’s Auditor General says it was frivolously spending the public's money. Eyewitness News Harrisburg Reporter Matt Heckel reports

The performance audit of the Susquehanna River Basin Commission looked at the period from July 2016 to June 2017... Finding thousands of dollars in taxpayer money spent on what were described as "extravagant" expenses... Including a thousand dollars on alcohol for meetings.

  "It is the height of arrogance to believe that taxpayers should be contributing any dollar amount to someone's purchase of alcohol. That number needs to be zero." Said Eugene DePasquale, PA Auditor General

16-thousand dollars were spent on food expenses... Including filet mignon and Maryland crab cakes.

  "We got kids that are going to school hungry in Pennsylvania, and they're getting filet mignon. Unbelievable."

An additional 14-thousand dollars were spent on costs associated with rewards and perks for employees. 8-thousand in gift cards... Three-thousand for a holiday party... Almost 16-hundred for a staff picnic.

  "This is public money that was used. Public money." Stress DePasquale.

The federal government stopped payments to the commissions nearly a decade ago. The audit's recommendations include calling on Congress and the white house to continue those payments. In a statement... The Susquehanna River Basin Commission said it agrees with nearly all of the recommendations. They went on to say, "there is almost always room for improvement... And we have already taken several steps to make sure we properly assess expenditures and exercise good judgment as we strive to fulfill our mission effectively and efficiently."

 


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