Schwarzenegger Appoints Stimulus Watchdog
Peter Grigsby, Governor's Office
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has appointed a new watchdog to keep a close eye on how federal stimulus dollars are spent in California.
Friday, April 3, 2009
Schwarzenegger has appointed Los Angeles City Controller Laura Chick to the new position that he’s calling “Inspector General.” He says she’ll watch for waste, fraud and abuse of the estimated 50 billion dollars the state is expected to get as part of the stimulus package. She’ll be paid 175-thousand dollars a year. Schwarzenegger defends the new salary. He says by rooting out waste Chick has saved Los Angeles millions of dollars, and she’ll do the same for the state. Schwarzenegger says California is the first state in the nation to create an Inspector General position dedicated to policing stimulus dollars. The Governor also recently created a task force to maximize California’s use of federal money.