Connecticut’s hush money

Once again it seems as if the Nutmeg State lives up to its more dirisive name CORRUPT-ICUT, at least according to the Yankee Institute for Public Policy.

In a post from last Friday, state agencies made at least $100,000 payments to former workers so as to avoid lawsuits or to keep the employee quiet about their working for the state government.

“State auditors revealed the payments in their 2016 report to the General Assembly. The auditors found that these payments were not part of any legal settlement made by the Attorney General’s office, nor were they authorized by the governor as required by state statute,” Mark Fitch wrote for Y.I.P.P.

According to State General Statute Sec. 3-7, only the Attorney General or Governor can authorize the payment of a so-called “disputed claim against the state or any department or agency.” Also records of any such accords are required to be “open to public inspection.”

State auditor, John Geragosian, said those who are ready to blow the whistle on corruption in a state agency “should not be denied the right to talk about it.”  He also said a third party should be called upon to review the claims and payouts.

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