Gov. Pence accused of ‘cooking the books’

Gov. Mike Pence. (WISH Photo)

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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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