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Governor: Audit on federal money is misleading

Governor: Audit on federal money is misleading

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Republican Gov. Gary Herbert is disputing a report from Utah's state auditor this week that found federal money is the state's largest single revenue source.

Herbert's spokesman Marty Carpenter said in a statement late Thursday that the report is misleading and unfair because it treats various federal funds as one $4 billion source compared with individual state funds. State funds combined total about $9 billion.

Republican Auditor John Dougall's report shows federal money accounts for 25 percent of Utah's revenue.

Carpenter says those federal funds return money to Utah that residents send to Washington, D.C., in taxes.

Dougall's office says in a statement that no other entity provides more to Utah than the federal government. The office stand behind the audit.

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The report from Auditor John Dougall, also a Republican, shows federal money accounted for about 25 percent of Utah's spending during the budget year that ended in June.

Carpenter says the federal spending is returning some of the money to Utah that residents are sending to Washington, D.C., in taxes.

Messages left with Dougall's spokeswoman Nicole Toomey Davis were not immediately returned Friday.

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