If you want to know how the DFL treats the taxpayers’ money, look no further than the Department of Health and Human Services, aka MN DHS. This article should infuriate every taxpayer in the state. It should infuriate them for multiple reasons.

This is a major scandal because of what was found. According to the article, “A March report from the Office of the Legislative Auditor found “pervasive” fraud in a state-administered child care program.” When Jim Nobles sinks his teeth into an investigation, things start happening. Mr. Nobles is that thorough and honest. If he says that the fraud is wide-spread, he means it. Nobles isn’t known as a man who embellishes.

What we know besides the fact that Tim Walz’s DHS (a friend sarcastically calls it the “Department of Human Sacrifices) had rampant fraud is that we know that the DFL has been in charge of the Department for almost 10 years. Further, we know this:

Nearly four months and $42,000 of taxpayer money have been spent since the Department of Human Services placed Inspector General Carolyn Ham on leave to investigate a complaint. Ham, Minnesota’s top investigator of child care fraud, told the Pioneer Press on July 12 that the investigation hasn’t started, but will start on July 23.

Ham was put on leave March 18 after an audit accused her of fraud misconduct. A March report from the Office of the Legislative Auditor found “pervasive” fraud in a state-administered child care program.

We found weaknesses in DHS’s program integrity controls and concluded that both DHS and local human services agencies must do more to effectively prevent, detect, and investigate fraud in CCAP,” James Nobles, the state’s legislative auditor, said in the agency’s report.

That’s Nobles way of excoriating DHS. To the average taxpayer, that means Human Services doesn’t take seriously their fraud prevention responsibilities. Ham insists that she’s innocent:

“As I have said from the beginning, this investigation is purely political and there was no wrongdoing on my part,” Ham said. “I have patiently waited for the investigation to begin, and I am ready to cooperate in any way that is necessary. As to the reason for the long delay, you will have to ask DHS.”

Saying that a Nobles investigation “is purely political” doesn’t wash. He’s the most serious, least partisan man in Minnesota government. Period. When a serious person investigates this scandal, I’d be surprised if Ms. Ham isn’t fried to a crackly crunch.

Finally, isn’t it ironic that Tim Walz and Peggy Flanagan attended a child care roundtable in Little Falls while Commissioner Lourey’s deputy commissioners were resigning?

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