I have said it many times before; government accounting systems used to track the government’s expenditure of taxpayer funds are defective by design. And, the last thing any politician wants is an audit that results in accountability. So why am I not surprised that California Governor Newsolini has vetoed California Assembly Bill A.B. 2746…
AB-2746 Funding accountability: state funding for homelessness.
LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST
Existing law provides for various public social services programs, including, among others, the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) program, under which each county provides cash assistance and other benefits to qualified low-income families and individuals. Existing law also provides for various funding programs under which state agencies allocate or grant funding to specified entities for purposes of addressing various issues relating to homelessness.
This bill would require a recipient, as defined, that receives state funds for specified CalWORKs programs related to homeless assistance, the Housing and Disability Income Advocacy Program, or state funds appropriated in the Budget Act of 2019 for a Whole Person Care pilot program, to submit a report containing specified information regarding the use of state funds to the appropriate agency. The bill would require the recipient to submit that report on a form and method provided by the agency annually.
This bill would require every agency to post all reports received on its internet website within 30 days of receipt and provide notice of the posting to specified offices and committees of the Legislature. The bill would also require every agency to aggregate all reports received by October 1 of every year into one report and send the report to the Department of Finance by December 1 of every year, commencing with the year 2021. The bill would also require the Department of Finance to post the aggregated report on its internet website by December 31 of every year, commencing with the year 2021, in a manner that is easily accessible by the public and provide notice of the posting to the Legislature, as provided. <Source>
What was Governor Newsolini’s lame excuse for the veto?
To the Members of the California State Assembly:
I am returning Assembly Bill 27 46 without my signature.
This bill would require recipients of state funding for the CalWORKs Homeless Assistance Program, the Housing and Disability Income Advocacy Program, and the Whole Person Care pilot programs to submit annual data reports regarding the use of program funds to the Department of Social Services and the Department of Health Care Services, respectively.
My Administration is exploring ways to increase transparency in our homeless assistance programs and improve the efficiency in the delivery of those services to those who most need the help. This is important work, and we are dedicated to this effort. Unfortunately, the requirements of this measure are duplicative of existing requirements and would create additional, unnecessary data collection costs.
For these reasons, I am unable to sign this bill.<Source>
The Bill’s sponsor, a Democrat, replies…
If the information was already being captured and made available in an open and transparent manner, this bill would have not been necessary. The bill’s sponsor, Assemblyman Jesse Gabriel (D-Woodland Hills) noted, “You’re going to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on these programs, but object to spending a couple of hundred thousand to gather data to see if they’re working? A lot of people would agree that’s a prudent and wise investment. We didn’t want to do anything duplicative, and we actually said, ‘If you have existing reporting that gives the information we’re seeking, you can submit that.’ We’re trying to determine what are these costs, what are they accomplishing, how do these programs stack up to others? It’s this huge challenge. Once we have some uniform data, we can have a better sense of where to target our money.”
It appears, at least to me, that the last thing the politicians want to do is identify the recipients of large sums of taxpayer funds, lest they be identified as having political connections to the current administration, return a portion of any funding indirectly as campaign contributions or other donations, or possibly operate “outreach” efforts among the poor to “get out the vote” or harvest ballots.
The fact that Governor Newsolini lives in the Alice-in-Wonderland topsy-turvy world of progressive socialist democrat politics makes a mockery out of the words “transparency” and “efficiency.” Neither of which is a standard practice in the one-party corruption of California politics.
Not surprising since the governing Democrat’s in the major cities have diverted or squandered billions of taxpayer dollars directed at their respective inner cities. Inner cities that remain cesspools of illiteracy, poverty, disease, and crime.
We are so screwed. And, California wants to be the progressive model for the entire United States.
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“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS
"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius
“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell
“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar
“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS