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Maine Turnpike Announces Audits, Shreds Cards
04/08/2011 11:13 AM ET  

The actions come in the wake of increased scrutiny of the agency's spending practices.

PORTLAND (AP) _ Under increased scrutiny over spending practices, the Maine Turnpike Board has adopted additional controls that include eliminating several dozen corporate credit cards.

The board announced Thursday that going forward the chief financial officer and staff attorney will report to the board, not the executive director, and that an internal auditor will report each quarter on compliance with spending policies. Finally, the board ordered all but 15 of 51 corporate credit cards to be destroyed.

The latest actions follow decisions to cancel contracts for outside lobbyists and eliminate tens of thousands of dollars in donations to outside organizations.

Criticism of turnpike spending led to the resignation of Paul Violette, long-time executive director, and subpoenas by the Legislature's Governmental and Oversight Committee.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)



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