Less than a thousand dollars in the average year in credit card charges on a card issued to a state employee for purchases for the state would seem to be no big deal. Even if state guidelines on proper receipts and documentation were not followed, it's small dollars.
But when you consider state employees have been issued 28,000 credit cards and you do the math. Now we are talking about a lot of money.
A recent report showed $93 million in credit card charges over a four year period. That same report found that one fourth of the time, guidelines were not followed.
No one is accused of state credit card abuse, but the lack of an audit on the use of these 28,000 cards is disturbing. The state should properly manage and account for every tax dollar.
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