Department Heads Breaking Law?

A local state legislator accuses three state department heads of breaking state law by overspending their budgets and not notifying budget committees of the action.

DeWitt Republican and the chair of the House Appropriations Committee Rep. Scott Hummel believes the directors of the State Police, Human Services and the Corrections departments broke state law by spending more than lawmakers authorized and then compounded the problem by not telling key lawmakers about the over spending.

Two of the three were called on the carpet on Wednesday but HS director Marianne Udow and Col. Peter Munoz denied they broke the law. Udow tells News 10 that once she figured out how much money was spent, she notified the committee. Hummel is not pleased with the responses and complained that just because some lawmakers won't be around anymore because of term limits, they should still be informed when tax dollars
are spent that should not have been spent. Prison director Patrica
Caruso did not attend the budget hearing.

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