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MN State Auditor Julie Blaha Tells Us About Her Job

Have you ever wondered what the State Auditor does?  Us too!  Here's the mission of the office:

The mission of the Office of the State Auditor is to oversee local government finances for Minnesota taxpayers by helping to ensure financial integrity and accountability in local governmental financial activities.

Through financial, compliance, and special audits, the State Auditor oversees and ensures that local government funds are used for the purposes intended by law and that local governments hold themselves to the highest standards of financial accountability.

The State Auditor is an officer in the executive branch of the State of Minnesota and serves a four-year term. To serve as State Auditor, a person must be a qualifiedvoter, at least 21 years of age, and elected by the people

(Minnesota Constitution, Article).

The State Auditor serves on the State Executive Council, State Board of Investment, Land Exchange Board, Minnesota Housing Finance Agency, Public Employees Retirement Association, and Rural Finance Authority Board.

Julie Blaha is Minnesota’s 19th State Auditor. She was sworn in on January 7th, 2019

MN State Auditor Julie Blaha joined Heidi Holtan via zoom

In her role she oversees more than $20 billion in local spending, helping to analyze how that money is being spent and with what kinds of results.

She educates local leaders with the training, data, and analysis they need to make the best, most informed decisions in communities across our state.

Heidi Holtan is KAXE's Director of Content and Public Affairs where she manages producers and is the local host of Morning Edition from NPR. Heidi is a regional correspondent for WDSE/WRPT's Duluth Public Television’s Almanac North.