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Audit rips accounting in Pennsylvania jobless benefit system

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 25, 2017 1:49 PM

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State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale and state Rep. Carol Hill-Evans discuss the findings of an audit by DePasquale's office of the School District of the City of York. (Photo: Gary Haber, York Daily Record)

(HARRISBURG) -- A new audit says it's unclear if the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry properly spent millions in recent years on an unemployment compensation system that has melted down during a funding fight.

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said Tuesday the state spent nearly $180 million between 2013 and 2016 without proper accounting methods that would make clear how the money was doled out.

The Democrat says the Labor and Industry Department needs about $64 million for computer system improvements.

The department laid off nearly 500 workers in December after Senate Republicans blocked funding over concerns about propping up an inefficient system.

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday signed a law providing $15 million for the agency as a short-term fix.

Wolf says he'll bring back some of the laid-off employees.

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