Democratic Candidate for State Auditor Chris Tobe says he is no stranger to the office, as he was hired decades ago to work for former Kentucky State Auditor Ed Hatchett out of the private sector. Tobe says he was hired to work on the state pensions, which is a critical and contentious issue that continues to this day.
Tobe says he is an expert on the pension woes, and wrote a book centered around Kentucky pensions and legislation. Tobe elaborates in his two minute sit-down that he wishes to increase accountability statewide with audits, and prides himself on suggesting legislation that requires the State Auditor to audit all major systems every five years.
He continues, saying that the office should not have any partisan leanings, and that there needs to be change in the office which led him to throw his hat in the ring for the May primary. The past weak work, he says, led to the oversight of illegal investments being made for the Governor’s benefit.
Tobe cites multiple studies that say that Kentucky is overall the most corrupt state, which he says he needs to be changed.
Tobe adds that his first order of business, if elected, would be a thorough audit of KRS to replace the work of the current administration. In the end, Tobe says the biggest bang for the taxpayer buck is to overhaul the pension system.