As I've said before, I do not know why Governor Mitch Daniels, who I like on so many levels, does not exercise stronger oversight when it comes to the state's agencies. He seems to let agency heads do whatever they want and the result is stories like this one. The video above is not to be believed.
Here is part of the written story:
13 Investigates has uncovered big questions about a multi-million dollar contract signed by the Hoosier Lottery....
The lottery claimed its new headquarters would save taxpayers money, but a look inside reveals what some are calling extravagant expenses. The accommodations are very nice and when it comes to the numbers, 13 Investigates found they don't add up.
The director of the Hoosier Lottery recently took Eyewitness News on a tour of the Lottery's new headquarters and what we saw inside made us ask a lot of questions.
Nine conference rooms - most decked out with brand new furniture - a massive break room and multiple coffee bars and lounges with new custom artwork, six microwaves, five refrigerators, three dishwashers, four flat screen TVs, even a workout room with brand new state-of-the-art equipment. It contains more than 35,000 square feet of office space - all for 83 employees.
Densborn said the lottery was running out of space at its old headquarters at the Pan Am Building downtown, so she decided to move out to a historic building on Meridian Street, where everything has been custom designed by the lottery.
"We have a lot more meeting rooms, we have small meeting rooms, we have large meeting rooms, we have made the employee break room, very, very large. So we could have our gatherings there," Densborn said. "I didn't expect to be moving, actually, so it kind of took on a life of its own once we started crunching the numbers and looking at everything, so here we are."
13 Investigates obtained both the new rental contract and the old one. Rent and parking used to cost $467,484 per year. Now, it costs $630,030 per year and that number will be going up to almost $700,000 during the life of the contract. Bottom line, over the next ten years, that would amount to an extra two million dollars.