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UPDATE: State Senate approves bill requiring annual audit of UW System

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The State Senate passed a bill today requiring a financial audit of the UW System every year.

The measure came after the Legislative Audit Bureau released a report in January, which showed the system had overpaid $33 million in health insurance and retirement benefits to employees who no longer worked for them.

The retirement money was recovered, but most of the health insurance money is gone and at the time of the audit UW System President Kevin Reilly admitted he hadn't known about the problem.

"We have a long history of a very credible, honorable, non-partisan audit department that serves the legislature and the state well," said Sen. Tim Cullen (D-Janesville).  "I don't think they need to worry about it being mistreated in it, but the audit will probably get to whatever facts we ought to know."

The measure passed on a unanimous voice vote.  The Assembly will vote on the bill on Wednesday.

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The UW System's $33 million dollar overpayment in health insurance and retirement benefits has led the State Senate to take a vote on a bill that would require an annual audit of its finances.

UW System President Kevin Reilly admitted to the Joint Legislative Audit Committee in January that he didn't even know about that sum being overpaid until the Legislative Audit Bureau released a report on it.

But the same bill, SB 27, would also end the annual or biennial financial audits of several other state agencies, including the Department of Administration, State Fair Park Board, Division of Gaming and the State Lottery.

The Senate will also vote on a bill already approved in the Assembly, that provides $15 million over the next two years to develop a workforce training program under the Department of Workforce Development.  DWD would use that money to provide grants to public and private entities so they can provide worker training.

Capitol Bureau Chief Greg Neumann will be in the Senate today and will have live reports on 27 News at 5 and 6.

 

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