The governor has full authority to spend the appropriated money within the budget limits we set in the Legislature, and by all accounts he's doing it. There's no law that determines how the governor should set his schedule nor should there be.
I don't use this term lightly, but this is clearly a "witch hunt."
Is the state auditor upset because the governor has final say on his budget?
Is he upset because the auditor's office historically gets no press?
Is he upset because he wasn't chosen for the governor's higher education task force?
Is he angling for name recognition to help him win another office some day?
Anyone who knows me knows I'm a strong believer in the separation of powers and I've been critical of some of the governor's decisions, especially his vetoes. But this North Dakota witch hunt serves no purpose. Check out the state's government transparency site, it has searchable databases of all state spending.
The governor has full authority to travel, full authority to spend within budgets, and full authority to attend meetings, period. So the finding will most likely be the current governor travels more than previous governors or has a much busier schedule. So what? Don't we want a governor who gets out and meets with people and works closely with the White House?
The witch hunt has the state auditor focusing on the wrong things. He's wasting time on minor issues when we've got bigger fish to fry in state government. Does the state auditor need to approve all travel, all expenses, all meetings, and manage the governor's schedule?
Of course not, so back to the point at hand. What's the real purpose of the North Dakota witch hunt? Seems to be all about knocking down the governor to lift up the auditor?
Rep. Roscoe Streyle, Minot