Minnesota needs a State Auditor who understands the issues facing our state and local communities. A challenging economy demands a State Auditor with the training and experience, leadership, and independence to identify needed improvements and lead the conversation to address them.
The State Auditor oversees how $20 billion in taxpayer funds are spent at all levels of state and local government. As working families are forced to do more with less, our government must ensure the taxes taken from everyday Minnesotans are not misused.
History has shown government creates bloated bureaucracies, taking on unneeded responsibilities, overstaffing, and expanding its role. As your State Auditor, I will serve as your first line of defense for taxpayers who deserve efficient, well run government.
After a world-class accounting education from the University of Minnesota-Duluth ("Go 'Dogs!"), my passion led to an extensive auditing career in the private and public sectors. My commitment to public service led to three terms as Mayor of Long Lake, where we successfully improved the efficiency and quality of our city's services. These are fundamental skills, training, and experience missing from the office of the current State Auditor.
I also have the independence and integrity to serve as your State Auditor. The partisan obligations of our current State Auditor severely limit her ability to critically analyze expenditures by public employee unions who endorse, help fund, and largely control her election. I am committed to not only thoroughly reviewing the use of our state resources, but also working with state and local entities to improve their processes and ensure public awareness of necessary changes. I will move the office beyond its current reliance on the State of Minnesota web site for all communication to using all forms of media to keep citizens informed.
It is time to shine the light on the expenditure of tax dollars in Minnesota, open the books and take a hard, realistic look at what can, should, and must be done to move Minnesota forward. I have the experience, leadership, and independence to lead the effort to restore fiscal responsibility to our state and local governments.
I welcome your input and questions, and I eagerly hope to earn your support,