Right before California’s recall election the state’s governor got hit with the worst possible news and one that deals him a potential knock-out blow.

The state’s auditor found massive financial and programmatic mismanagement under Governor Gavin Newsom’s watch, most specifically the state’s management of covid funds from the federal government.

Elizabeth Macdonald, a financial reporter for Fox Business had this to say about the state auditor’s report:

“California was supposed to be the country’s global policy-making model, but when you look at this devastating California state audit report, the mismanagement is touching practically every facet of California voters’ lives. It is touching — the water supply has been mismanaged. The prison system has been mismanaged. The health system, mismanaged. Covid relief jobless benefits, tens of billions of dollars in jobless benefit fraud. The California teachers’ retirement system, mismanaged. The education system, a problem.”

“They have — Democrats have had a lock on Sacramento for about a generation,” she added. “Californians want more for their money. They haven’t been getting it.”

Fox Business reporter Elizabeth Macdonald makes a really good point. Democrats have had a lock on California’s state government for a generation so there is only one party to blame here.

Here is more via Dan Walters at Cal Matters:

State Auditor Elaine Howle periodically issues a list of “high risk” state agencies and programs, essentially warnings to governors and state legislators about festering problems needing attention.

Howle’s latest report was released last week and from a purely political standpoint, the timing could not have been worse for Gov. Gavin Newsom. He’s trying to stave off a surprisingly powerful movement to recall him and several of the report’s items provide ammunition for the pro-recall campaign’s contention that he’s been a poor manager.

The report’s most damning critique declares that “the state’s management of COVID-19 federal funds has led to inefficiency and may have resulted in substantial fraud.”

As federal pandemic aid poured into the state a year ago, Howle raised a caution flag about how it could be mismanaged. The new report expands on that warning, singling out the seemingly perpetual inability of the state to manage unemployment insurance payments as an example.

The Employment Development Department, Howle said, “did not take substantive action to bolster its fraud detection efforts for its unemployment insurance program until months into the pandemic, resulting in payments of about $10.4 billion for claims that it has since determined may be fraudulent.

“Specifically, EDD waited about four months to automate a key antifraud measure, took incomplete action against claims filed from suspicious addresses, and removed a key safeguard against improper payments without fully understanding the significance of the safeguard.”

This all seems about right. Gavin Newsom is nothing more than an empty suit and California would be wise to vote him out next month.

My guess is the recall of California Governor Gavin Newsom just got a big push in the right direction.

Larry Elder and the rest of those running for Governor in California must be smiling.

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