St. Paul, MN—House Republicans today unveiled a comprehensive proposal to crack down on fraud in Minnesota’s public programs, with an emphasis on the Child Care Assistance Program. The legislative package is in response to a report from the nonpartisan legislative auditor that found fraud within Minnesota’s Childcare Assistance Program (CCAP) to be widespread and pervasive.
“We know there is widespread fraud in the CCAP program, and this bill addresses the core causes of that fraud,” said Rep. Mary Franson, R-Alexandria. “Democrats must demonstrate they are taking this seriously. They have been asleep at the wheel for far too long, and Minnesotans are tired of being ripped off and watching their tax dollars be flushed away by bureaucrats who cannot or do not want to do their job and protect our public programs from waste and fraud.”
The proposal has five key goals:
“We have seen report after report from our legislative auditor identifying hundreds of millions, if not close to a billion dollars, of fraud from Medical Assistance, CCAP, and other public programs,” said Rep. Nick Zerwas, R-Elk River. “Democrats should not be proposing billions in tax increases at a time when Minnesota has a major budget surplus, and hundreds of millions in fraud across our public programs."
To date, House Democrats have refused to hold hearings on the OLA report in the House, and have only recently brought in DHS to discuss fraud in general before the Early Childhood Committee.