Kentucky Auditor Adam Edelen http://wfpl.org en State Auditor Adam Edelen Won't Run for Kentucky Governor http://wfpl.org/post/state-auditor-adam-edelen-wont-run-kentucky-governor <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kentucky State Auditor Adam </span>Edelen<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> won't be a candidate for governor in 2015.</span></p><p>Political observers considered&nbsp;Edelen&nbsp;a serious contender. He'd made in-roads toward a run for governor, including courting Democratic donors and nailing down a running mate who was never publicly identified.</p><p>Edelen released this statement today announcing his decision:</p><blockquote><p>In 2015, I will be a candidate for re-election as State Auditor.</p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 15:02:27 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9586 at http://wfpl.org State Auditor Adam Edelen Won't Run for Kentucky Governor Auditor: Kentucky Emergency Management Misused Funds, 'Caught Red-Handed' Altering Documents http://wfpl.org/post/auditor-kentucky-emergency-management-misused-funds-caught-red-handed-altering-documents <p>The Kentucky Auditor says the state agency responsible for responding to weather disasters and other emergencies used taxpayer funds to pay for $100,000 in alcohol, entertainment and other disallowed expenditures—and officials altered documents to hide it.</p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 16:32:24 +0000 Rick Howlett & Associated Press 6369 at http://wfpl.org Auditor: Kentucky Emergency Management Misused Funds, 'Caught Red-Handed' Altering Documents Board Members Consider Asking for State Audit of Jefferson County Public Schools http://wfpl.org/post/board-members-consider-asking-state-audit-jefferson-county-public-schools <p>Jefferson County school board members are considering asking Kentucky State Auditor Adam Edelen to perform a special audit of Jefferson County Public Schools.</p><p>"I think it’s something that’s going to be happening here fairly soon,” school board member Chris Brady told WFPL.</p><p>Brady couldn’t give specifics on what the state audit would look at. But Brady and board member David Jones Jr. have said it would be healthy for any organization to have an outsider look at the system for improvement.</p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 10:28:08 +0000 Devin Katayama & Kenny Colston 5062 at http://wfpl.org Board Members Consider Asking for State Audit of Jefferson County Public Schools Compromise Reached, Special Taxing District Reform to Become Law http://wfpl.org/post/compromise-reached-special-taxing-district-reform-become-law <p>Kentucky lawmakers reached a deal Monday in a conference committee on legislation addressing issues with special taxing districts.</p><p>The committee adopted a new proposal that would require special districts to present their annual budgets or any new fee increases to their local fiscal court. But the compromise on House Bill 1 does not allow the fiscal court veto or approval powers of the special district's actions, as <a href="/post/kentucky-senate-changes-special-taxing-district-reform-house-objects">Senate Republicans had recently suggested.</a></p> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 19:12:44 +0000 Kenny Colston 4449 at http://wfpl.org Compromise Reached, Special Taxing District Reform to Become Law Kentucky Senate Changes Special Taxing District Reform; House Objects http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-senate-changes-special-taxing-district-reform-house-objects <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Changes to a bill reforming how special taxing districts operate in Kentucky could kill the legislation in the final days of the General Assembly session.</span></p><p>State Sen. Damon Thayer, a Georgetown Republican and the majority floor leader, introduced the changes in committee on Wednesday which give local governments veto powers over possible rate increases by special districts. Those changes later passed off the Senate floor.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 06 Mar 2013 22:22:44 +0000 Kenny Colston 4366 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Senate Changes Special Taxing District Reform; House Objects Auditor Adam Edelen to State Senators: Don't Amend Special Taxing Districts Bill http://wfpl.org/post/auditor-adam-edelen-state-senators-dont-amend-special-taxing-districts-bill <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State Auditor Adam </span>Edelen<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is encouraging Senate lawmakers not to tweak the special district taxing district reform bill, which is largely based on his proposals from a report last year.</span></p> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 20:05:40 +0000 Kenny Colston 4234 at http://wfpl.org Auditor Adam Edelen to State Senators: Don't Amend Special Taxing Districts Bill Senate Considering Changes to Special Taxing District Reform Bill http://wfpl.org/post/senate-considering-changes-special-taxing-district-reform-bill <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A bill aimed at reforming the way special districts are treated in Kentucky is likely to undergo some changes in hands of the state Senate.</span></p><p>House Bill 1 is a partnership between Auditor Adam Edelen and House Speaker Greg Stumbo, based off recommendations Edelen made during his investigation<a href="/kentucky-state-auditor-special-tax-districts-spend-much-laws-need-overhaul"> of special taxing districts</a>&nbsp;across&nbsp;Kentucky.</p> Mon, 18 Feb 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Kenny Colston 4026 at http://wfpl.org Senate Considering Changes to Special Taxing District Reform Bill Audit: Mental Health Agency Execs Misspent, Mismanaged http://wfpl.org/post/audit-mental-health-agency-execs-misspent-mismanaged <p>A state audit has found spending and management problems at a Lexington nonprofit agency that provides mental health care, including the management of two state-owned facilities.</p><p>Auditor Adam Edelen says in the report that executives at Bluegrass Regional Mental Health-Mental Retardation Board awarded themselves benefits worth millions of dollars without scrutiny from the agency's board of directors.</p> Thu, 20 Dec 2012 20:19:20 +0000 Associated Press 3076 at http://wfpl.org Audit: Mental Health Agency Execs Misspent, Mismanaged Jefferson County Clerk's spokesman: Audit a 'Bit Mean-Spirited, and Possibly Politically Motivated' http://wfpl.org/post/jefferson-county-clerks-spokesman-audit-bit-mean-spirited-and-possibly-politically-motivated <p>Jefferson County Clerk Bobbie Holsclaw is citing a letter from the county attorney that found no wrongdoing by her office in the wake of a scolding state audit two months ago.</p><p>Earlier this year, State Auditor Adam Edelen's<a href="http://wfpl.org/post/state-audit-finds-poor-documentation-troubling-practices-jefferson-county-clerk-s-office">&nbsp;office released a report that found poor record-keeping of charitable funds</a> for groups such as the WHAS Crusade for Children and Metro United Way. It also cited other questionable practices that were against state law, such as Holsclaw paying out $99,200 in Christmas bonuses to employees last year and as well as shortchanging the Crusade by $1,300.</p><p>But an Oct. 31 letter from the Jefferson County Attorney Mike O'Connell says his office found no need for action and defended the clerk’s activities.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.wfpl.org/post/read-jefferson-county-responds-auditors-critical-review-clerks-office">(Read O'Connell's letter and Edelen's response.)</a></p><p>Holsclaw has personally hired public relations professional Larry Bisig as her spokesman. He says the clerk has been a model of good government and was cleared of any wrongdoing and suggested that Edelen’s report is motivated by politics.</p><p>"In some ways I have to indicate the audit seems a bit mean-spirited, and possibly politically motivated in some areas," Bisig said.</p><p>"This is not political warfare. The governor’s race doesn’t start for 36 months. And I certainly hope that’s not the intention of the auditor."</p><p> Tue, 04 Dec 2012 20:48:50 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 2798 at http://wfpl.org Jefferson County Clerk's spokesman: Audit a 'Bit Mean-Spirited, and Possibly Politically Motivated' Reforming Special Taxing Districts to be Kentucky House's No. 1 Priority http://wfpl.org/post/reforming-special-taxing-districts-be-kentucky-houses-no-1-priority <p>The No. 1 priority for the Kentucky House in 2013 is set: Tackling recommendations from a recent report that found that special taxing districts have big budgets and little oversight.</p><p>Auditor Adam Edelen recently finished a report on the districts, <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-state-auditor-special-tax-districts-spend-much-laws-need-overhaul">detailing billions of dollars in spending with little to no oversight in most areas.</a>&nbsp;Special taxing districts include the Metropolitan Sewer District and library boards.</p> Thu, 29 Nov 2012 17:24:57 +0000 Kenny Colston 2710 at http://wfpl.org Reforming Special Taxing Districts to be Kentucky House's No. 1 Priority