Minnesota spent about $2.4 billion in Fiscal Year 2015 to provide home- and community-based services to approximately 64,000 individuals. However, the Minnesota Department of Human Services does not provide adequate financial oversight of the organizations that provide services, nor does it adequately regulate the workers who go into people’s homes.
We identified three state agencies that did not have adequate controls to ensure they properly identified accounts payable. We considered this a significant deficiency in controls related to the state’s preparation of its fiscal year 2016 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.
Minnesota Research Tax Credit (Feb 9th)
We estimate that the research tax credit has increased statewide jobs and employee earnings, but the increases are relatively small, and the credit has not paid for itself. We recommend that the Legislature explicitly state in law the research tax credit’s purposes and require analyses of whether proposed changes would help meet those purposes. In addition, we recommend that the Department of Revenue improve its research tax-credit information for taxpayers.
We found that Authority officials violated a core ethical principle of public service when they gave free tickets to family and friends. They also violated state law by not keeping a record of who received free tickets. We recommend stronger legislative control and oversight of the Authority.
Legacy Fund Recipients: Annual Report on Noncompliance (Jan 30th)