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Commissioners to Establish a Comptroller's Office. Report and bill, 1840
House No. 20 Report and bill for the establishment of a Comptroller's Office. On January 21, 1840, a Commission established to consider having a
state comptroller submitted a report. The writer had visited the Comptroller in New York and had learned a lot. Supervision of the State's finances
should be an executive function, but besides the serious ethical issues of the treasurer also being the auditor, there were not enough hours in the
day. The Committee on Finance had done similar work and its report and bill were attached as Document A. The Commission felt that bill could be
improved, so they submitted a substitute. An Act to establish a Comptroller's Office, 1840. The Comptroller would be appointed by the Governor, with the
advice and consent of the Council for a three year term, at a salary of $2,000 and giving a $5,000 bond. He would examine and certify all accounts
against which the Governor might draw a warrant, countersign all Treasury receipts, keep track of all public funds such as the school fund, examine the
books of the Secretary of State, Treasury, and the Land Agent, and compare his books with those of the Treasury each month. The Comptroller's books
would be examined by the someone on the Council and a legislative committee. If passed, the bill would have immediate effect. The bill was followed by
Document A, in which the Finance Committee used the same reasoning as the Commission and said the state would save money in the long run. Pp. 23-26
is a series of questions and answers about the functions of such an office. (Digitized from a microfilm copy of title originally held by the
Massachusetts State Library).
Title:   Report and bill for the establishment of a comptroller's office.
OCLC Number:   1418965542
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