Report: No Top-down Oversight for State Travel

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- A newspaper investigation finds the state of Michigan spends at least $40 million a year for employees' travel but there are inconsistencies in reporting and no high-level oversight.

The Lansing State Journal reported Sunday that nobody in state government is responsible for analyzing actual costs incurred by departments for employees' work-related travel expenses. The State Budget Office says it doesn't keep some of the out-of-state travel reports it's required to receive.

Each agency or department is responsible for its own expenses. Republican Gov. Rick Snyder's spokeswoman Sara Wurfel says they "do a solid job of monitoring travel" and are "well-equipped to make decisions" about their needs.

The newspaper says the $40.5 million the state spent last year for such travel is an "inconclusive, minimum figure."

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  • by Name Location: Location on Apr 15, 2013 at 04:15 PM
    They Need to do further investigations on all travel by State of Michigan Employees. There should be More accountability. They take far to many trips for some things I beleive could be avoided. I have seen first hand, nothing but alot of drinking and having a great time on tax payers dollars.
  • by Name Location: Location on Apr 15, 2013 at 04:07 AM
    A good example of this is the DTMB Office of Infrastructure Protection's Director and buddies flying off to the Mackinac Island for weekend junkets on the tax payers dime. All in the call of duty!?!?!?
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