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Fri., Jan. 27, 2012, 6:17 a.m.

Crane seeks amendment to treasurer’s duties after audit

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Treasurer Ron Crane wants the Legislature to expand his authority to run financial-literacy workshops, after auditors who are reviewing his office's practices questioned if he's overstepping his powers by financing a conference to educate women about managing their money. Crane went before the House State Affairs Committee Thursday, asking them to add promotion of financial literacy to his duties. The panel unanimously sent the bill to the House floor for a vote. Crane founded a nonprofit organization to run his "Smart Women Smart Money" conference, to which he directs $10,000 annually from taxpayer funds. State auditors who are reviewing a broad range of financial records from Crane's office from the past three years questioned whether Crane's authority extends to holding such a conference. Auditors haven't released their findings yet.

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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