INDIANAPOLIS—Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) released the following statement concerning Governor Mike Pence’s admission that the Bureau of Motor Vehicles had overcharged Hoosier motorists as much as $2 million.

“For the third time, The Bureau of Motor Vehicles has misplaced the public trust and their tax dollars. This is unacceptable.

“Instead of demanding accountability, the governor gave the BMV’s top bureaucrat a golden parachute, landing safely in another government agency.

“Hoosiers have to be able to trust their government is run in a professional, transparent manner.

“Accounting mishaps happen and can be corrected with proper oversight and detailed auditing.

“However, failing to hold accountable the people at fault is incomprehensible. The buck stops with the governor.

“Most Hoosiers recognize if they made a costly mistake at work they wouldn’t be reassigned to another cushy government appointment, they would be let go.

“A full, independent audit is underway at the BMV. To satisfactorily address this mishandling, the governor would be wise to extend the range and scope of his audit to other agencies.

“We need to get issues at the BMV straightened out immediately as it often serves as Hoosiers’ primary point of contact with their state government. Serious mismanagement demands serious solutions.”

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