Legislative auditor releases annual key audit report

Published: Feb. 26, 2014 at 9:13 AM CST
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Daryl Purpura
Daryl Purpura

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Louisiana Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpura has released his 2014 key audit issues, which is basically the annual report on the legislative auditor's office.

He looks at three primary functions of state government funding, which includes tax exemptions and tax credits.

"The tax credits we pointed out in one of our reports that, though it creates economic activity, it has a net loss to the state fiscal office," said Purpura. "We need to understand what we're doing. We're spending money on things that maybe could be spent on something else."

Protecting the public trust and accountability is also a specific area the report concentrated on.

"Misspending of money...we point that out in this report. There are instances across the state, not only in state government but in local government, where the funds that are being received that sometimes it's being improperly spent. We need better fiscal controls. That's one of the most important things for the government to have is good fiscal controls," Purpura added.

Disaster recovery is the third specific area looked into by the legislative auditor's office, specifically the accountability of BP funding.

However, at the end of the day, Purpura is required by law to send the report to the legislature, even though while compiling the report he may not be the most welcomed office into a governmental agency.

"The auditors are not always going to be liked, but that's not really my job. My job is to be the fact finder and that's what we do here. We're the fact finders," Purpura explained.

The Louisiana Legislative Session begins on March 10.

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