There has been a lot of controversy over legislation, sneaked into the budget for the Auditor’s office during the closing days of this year’s legislative session, which limits the powers of the state Auditor. Per that legislation, which was signed by Governor Doug Burgum (with feeble justification), the Auditor must now go begging to a legislative committee for permission to conduct performance audits.

It has seemed to many observers, including this one, that the legislation was retribution for current Auditor Josh Gallion who has taken an approach to the duties of his office that has been far more aggressive than his predecessors. Yesterday a state lawmaker, Rep. Keith Kemepenich of Bowman, confirmed that was exactly the motivation. He said the Auditor was embarrassing too many people.

Which, you know, too bad.

Maybe government officials shouldn’t do things which are embarrassing.

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