Auditor: State better at oversight of job-creation funds

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania’s auditor general says the state department that oversees job-creation programs has made progress in accounting for the millions of taxpayer dollars it spends.

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale says the Department of Community and Economic Development has adopted most of 13 recommendations he made after a performance audit four years ago.

The 2014 review found nearly half of businesses that received incentives between 2007 and 2010 did not create or retain jobs at the rate they promised.

“Businesses that do not hold up their end of the bargain will be held accountable for not meeting the conditions of receiving job-creation aid,” DePasquale said. “I’m pleased that the department took our findings to heart and implemented most of my recommendations.”

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