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Auditor: California's coronavirus spending at 'high risk'

Elaine Howle
Posted at 2:28 PM, Aug 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-25 17:28:47-04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's auditor says the state is at high risk of mismanaging the more than $71 billion in coronavirus aid it is getting from the federal government.

Elaine Howle said Tuesday she is invoking a state law that allows her to keep a close watch on 18 government agencies that are in charge of overseeing the spending.

Howle's office identified more than $71 billion the state has either already received or is expected to receive from the federal government. More than half of that money is to help the state pay unemployment benefits to millions of people who lost their jobs.