A group of overspending legislators expressed concern Wednesday that overspending bureaucrats cannot fully justify overspending on some government employees after other government employees voiced concern that a government auditor was concerned about systemic overspending at government-funded schools.
The concern was palpable at the California State Capitol as every group expressed concern that other people’s money was being overspent in the wrong ways.
“Our systems in education have to be doing a better job of overspending our taxpayer money,” said Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Fullerton). “We need to overspend more on students.”
“I’m concerned that every $7,500 that we overspend on bureaucrats is one more kid we can’t overspend $7,500 on,” said Assemblyman Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento). “This is critically important that bureaucrats make decisions to overspend other people’s money wisely.”
The concerned comments came at a hearing on an audit of CSU overspending, where the overspending legislators heard testimony that the University of California and the California State University are both overspending on bureaucrats.
Everyone at the hearing expressed shock and concern that the two university systems plan to wrongly overspend much of the $7 billion of other people’s money they have received this year.
The CSU audit found campuses overspent on bureaucrats at a higher rate than they overspent on other employee groups, including faculty. It also found that campuses do not adequately monitor their overspending to ensure public money is overspent appropriately.
CSU bureaucrats said they are working to fix how they overspend money.
The UC audit found that UC bureaucrats hid tens of millions of dollars from the public and need to maintain clearer plans and records for overspending. UC bureaucrats have disputed both findings, saying there are no problems with their overspending.
Legislators at the hearing on the CSU audit said they would prefer that the system overspend on hiring and compensating faculty instead of overspending on bureaucrats.
The hearing came as lawmakers struggle to make California’s public universities overspend more on students.
All the UC and CSU bureaucrats who are systematically overspending taxpayer money work for the government which paid for the audits with taxpayer money.