Legislators call for state audit of Minnesota Orchestra's books

  • Article by: Graydon Royce , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 7, 2013 - 8:37 PM

DFL legislators want a look at the use of public funds. The auditor says any study must remain strictly impartial in the labor dispute.

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olafmusicianMar. 7, 13 7:39 PM

The legislature has already called two hearings into this lockout and now it's requesting an audit of the orchestra's books. This is getting out of hand. I wouldn't want to be Mr. Henson is this situation. This has got to be pretty embarrassing for orchestral management.

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trlandsMar. 7, 13 9:07 PM

They should call for a moratorium and a GEIS.

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comment229Mar. 8, 13 5:08 AM

Nobles said. “I’m very conscious of stepping beyond some boundary..... Then don't. Nobody says he has to pass judgement and there are no boundaries in an audit. Simply, do the audit impartially, and walk away with your head held high and let the legislature and public form their own opinions. Mr. Nobles, you are a tool, and that is all you are. Nobody said you had to look for improprieties. Just do a complete audit and let the chips fall where they may.

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elmore1Mar. 8, 13 5:49 AM

Glad to see the DFL leaders requesting this. Now let's see a full audit of the U of M spending with full disclosure to the public. Dayton wants to give them ninety million and they have huge fiscal mismanagement problems. If the current majority keeps holding people accountable for state investments they will make a lot of points with state moderates and conservatives.

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lordhawhaw1Mar. 8, 13 6:30 AM

I know of far too many families struggling to make ends meet in the private sector to have much sympathy for taxpayer supported musicians making six figures.

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jpcooperMar. 8, 1310:42 AM

How about an impartial audit of the State finances! Specifically, Health and Human Services and Education!

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akadamsMar. 8, 1312:11 PM

Management would be "pleased" to share their financial position"...in other words, a complete u-turn from their months-long refusal to the musicians' request for the same. Remember, those locked-out musicians, with no salary and no medical coverage and no answers... Where was this cooperative stance last fall?

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paulusMar. 8, 13 1:23 PM

Does the legislature only request an audit where there is a union represented like the one the orchestra members are part of? Just wondering.

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gopher68Mar. 21, 13 7:57 AM

Let's do it. But I think the musicians will be disappointed at what the auditors find, or more specifically, what they don't find (i.e., money to support current levels of pay).

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