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The first one out of the gate: Performance Audits

The House of Representatives, in its first vote this year, will consider Substitute House Bill 1053 Wednesday. The bill would allow “performance audits” of state agencies, to see how well they’re doing their jobs.
“It’s something that we have not had an opportunity to do in this state, ever,” said Rep. Mike Armstrong, R-Wenatchee, one of the bill’s sponsors.
So why are the audits needed? Armstrong and fellow proponents say the audits are needed to restore state agencies’ credibility with the public — and to find out what’s not working.
Local lawmakers signing on include Reps. Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville; Don Cox, R-Colfax; and Jeff Gombosky, D-Spokane.
To read a nonpartisan report on the bill, click here.

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