The state House Republican leader is pushing for a comprehensive forensic audit of the state's finances that he says could save the state at least $1.25 billion.

The state House Republican leader is pushing for a comprehensive forensic audit of the state's finances that he says could save the state at least $1.25 billion.

Rep. Tom Cross of Oswego today introduced House Resolution 1057 that would give Auditor General William Holland one year to conduct the audit.


At a Statehouse news conference, Cross said the idea came from former GOP gubernatorial candidate Adam Andrzejewski, who lost in the February primary election.


The audit would begin immediately after the legislation is approved. Cross said the results of the audit would be used to prepare next year's budget.


"This is a commonsense approach to dissecting and setting controls and benchmarks for our budget," he said.


Andrzejewski said the audit would include suggestions to control future spending. He did not know how much the audit would cost the state.


State Capitol Bureau