Some things never change! The Auditor General is doing his job AUDITING! His audit found no wrong doing but did turn up some issues, in the audit, that in his opinion should be looked at. But the problem here is NOTHING can ever be stated about the PGC this is not in the best of light! If there wre available funds, sitting dormant, costing the PGC money isn't that something to explore? If there are accounts on the books that have been "lost" or people do not know about isn't that a good thing to take those funds & invest or utilize them? All in all it was a good audit but if there are things that can be done better isn't it the obligation of the PGC to do the best wit what they have? The constant defenders of the PGC need to know when to READ an audit and possibly make some corrections for the betterment of the agency/hunters! No agency should be above a audit when public funds are involved. This was not IMHO a hatchet job but a standard audit of a state organization. Honest I do not feel the PGC is at all concerned with the audits findings. Nor should they be. A couple things to clean up to possibly help the agency. And all the chicken little's on here the sky is not falling! The PGC has apparently been doing a good job from a finance stand point and with a couple tweeks could be doing better!! I have been thru countless audits in the business world and their job is to find possible issues and make recommendations to avert possible problems down the road! Too many conspiracy theorist out there the AG has political motives, he is a Democrat or Republican or maybe he is just doing the job he was elected to do! It was a good audit what would the reaction be had he found problems??
No one is saying that the Game Commission shouldn't be audited or that there aren't always going to be recommendations on places for improvement. But, the FACT is the way the report was reported by the Auditor General and/or the media it painted a picture that the Game Commission was sitting on hoards of money and thus don't need a license increase. That in my opinion was done very intentionally, to rally the troops not to support a license increase in the future. And it worked out exactly that way too. In fact the Game Commission had little choice but to publicly say it was no longer seeking a license increase.
In my opinion that has forced the Game Commission into a very dangerous position. Though 76 million dollars, or what ever the amount was, sounds like a lot of money it really isn't when your annual budget of expenditures is around a hundred million for a year. That reserve is only enough to run the agency at normal activity for about eight months. Plus there is fact that the audit was for a fiscal year that ends right after the largest influx, the annual hunting license sales, have just come in. That is also the most likely reason that various accounts showed a good bit of money since a high percentage of each license sales money goes into reserved accounts to make sure it is available and used as designated by the legislative mandates.
But neither the Auditor General nor the media made any mention of those very important details. WHY? Since they failed to provide the rest of the story it left most hunters and general public believing there is no need for the Game Commission to have a license fee increase in the foreseeable future, when in fact there really is.
Do I think this was done intentionally and deceptively? Your darn right I do.