UPDATE 7/1: Gov. Jay Inslee vetoed the sections requested by Kelley.
The budget compromise today requests that State Auditor Troy Kelley’s office perform a series of studies that Kelley said are “unfunded mandates” that “compromise the independence of this office.”
He said so in a letter to fellow Democrat Jay Inslee today asking the governor to veto the study requests, especially since lawmakers diverted money from his voter-approved performance-audit fund to pay for audits in other areas of government.
“The unfunded mandates requested in these subsections constitute a large portion of the funds remaining in the performance audit account, and …