State Senator Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) today announced that he will present new legislation to increase state agency transparency by requiring each state agency, department, and entity to provide the Treasurer with its employer identification number. This bill will also authorize the Treasurer to use those numbers to monitor state bank accounts and state money that are outside the State Treasury System.
“Last year, we discovered that it was all too easy for a state entity to hide funds in accounts that could not be monitored,” said Sen. Cannella. “This new legislation will provide the fiscal transparency that Californians deserve so they know that the state is not abusing taxpayer funds.”
In 2012, the California Department of Parks and Recreation was found to have hidden funds and issued improper payouts to employees resulting in budget deficits that threatened the closing of state parks. Save Our River Parks is an organization founded to raise $65,000 in private funds to keep McConnell and Hatfield State Recreation Areas open during the 2012-13 budget year.
“Save Our River Parks is proud to stand with Senator Cannella today to support this important piece of legislation. We would have preferred the money we raised to help improve our two Merced River Parks to better serve our communities, educate our children, bring in tourist dollars and steward our natural resources,” said Cindy Lashbrook, the associate director with the East Merced Resource Conservation District and member of Save Our River Parks.
Senator Cannella has made government transparency a priority and is a member of the Joint Committee on Legislative Audit.