Gov. Pence accused of ‘cooking the books’

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — State Auditor Suzanne Crouch will reveal the size of the state budget surplus on Friday when she discloses the final numbers for the fiscal year that ended June 30.

Her Democratic opponent made an effort to beat her to the punch Tuesday. Michael Claytor says he expects the surplus to be calculated at about $2 billion but he also said that accurate accounting would show it to be closer to $1 billion.

The difference, he said, is in unpaid bills and he blames Gov. Mike Pence.

“If I didn’t pay my bills I’d have a surplus, too,” he said, “and hard working families in Indiana have to pay their bills. So they don’t get the luxury of having a large surplus to tell.”

Claytor went on the say, “I think Chef Pence has been cooking the books.”

Claytor also said that he believes a surplus of a billion dollars is big enough.

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