Auditor General Finds More Waste and Fraud in Pennsylvania Welfare

A new report from Pennsylvania Auditor General Jack Wagner finds that the Special Allowances program in the Department of Public Welfare is “rife with mismanagement and potential for fraud.”  The audit found that 45% of the cases examined had insufficient documentation to justify payment.

Applied over the entire program, this would represent tens of millions in wasteful spending/potential savings.

Combined with waste and fraud in Medicaid, LIHEAP, and other programs, it is easy to see why the Auditor General thinks Pennsylvania can balance the state budget without tax hikes.