Skip to comments.[WA AG] McKenna already dealing with funding backlash
Posted on 03/25/2010 12:38:00 PM PDT by Clint Williams
Quietly, Democratic lawmakers have already moved to make it harder for Attorney General Rob McKenna to spend money suing the federal government over health care.
The reaction to the Republican lawman joining a 13-state attack on President Obama's health care bill has come swiftly. Not only are Democrats considering a budget proviso blocking the lawsuit, but McKenna already faces new controls on his spending.
Office of Financial Management Director Victor Moore sent a letter Tuesday revoking McKenna's blanket exemption to a freeze on state contracts. The exemption, which Moore had granted days earlier, allowed the attorney general's office to pay private attorneys, expert witnesses, mediators and others without approval from the bean counters in the governor's office.
But legislators, including House Ways and Means Chairwoman Kelli Linville, raised concerns that McKenna might use that authority to spend money on the health care lawsuit, prompting Moore's action.
Now the governor's financial office will scrutinize every request for outside spending.
A spokesman for the attorney general's office said it has no intention of going outside the agency for help on the health care lawsuit. The lead state on the lawsuit, Florida, will put in most of the work. The attorney general will put his name behind it and may contribute occasional work by lawyers in his office, but at minimal cost, spokesman Dan Sytman said.
But Linville said no one can be sure what will be spent on the lawsuit: "I dont think we know. Thats why we asked the governor to rescind that part of the exemption.
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My governor is a bug-eyed twit.
Of course, it is alright that Gregoire and her Democrat henchmen to burn through the $2 billion rainy day fund in record time, hire tons of state workers that act as democrat minions who produce nearly nothing. But, fund a legitimate law suit for the benefit of Washington taxpayers, oh no, can’t have that.
I’m looking forward to the backlash to the backlash in November.
I wouldn’t doubt if this is the latest internal memo talking point for the rats, because some fruit loops in my state have popped up moaning about the “cost to the taxpayers” of the lawsuit which Haley Barbour is going to join. Very strange, this timing. Since when did rats care about taxpayer money being used to pay for things that they don’t support? (even granting the point for a nano-second that most people don’t support it, which is untrue). The rats in Congress just did exactly that.
lol the commies are up in arms over Cuccinelli spending $350 on a filing fee for the VA suit. Fiscal irresponsibility ya know.
Gee, I thought that was supposed to be an independent commission?(sarc)
Not shocked that Queen Skeletor and her dem cronies in Olympia are trying to do this.
She’s in the top 3 of worst governors this state has ever had. It’s going to take decades to repair the deficit she’s created.
The cost of fighting Obamacare are nothing compared to what the states will have to pay once implemented. Obamacare adds 11 to 15 million more people to Medicaid. The states have to pick up about 50% of the costs.
looks like their idiot local dems want to completely bankrupt the state
We can settle this in another Constitutionally acceptable manner that will in no way be misconstrued as "nice"!
Can I cast my vote for the second method? We’ve already tried the first and lost.