March 27, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
REP. THEIS COAUTHORS PACKAGE OF PROPOSALS TO COMBAT FRAUD IN PUBLIC PROGRAMS
St. Paul, MN – House Republicans have 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 proposal is in response to the nonpartisan Office of the Legislative Auditor’s report that found widespread and pervasive fraud in the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP).
“It is incredibly important that we crack down on the rampant fraud in the CCAP program,” said Theis. “The new penalties and safeguards in this bill will go a long way towards making our public programs work for the people who qualify, and making sure fraudsters can’t take advantage of Minnesota taxpayers anymore. I hope Governor Walz and House Democrats support this commonsense bill to make sure our tax dollars are being spent wisely.”
The Republican proposal has five key goals:
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.