Kelly informed reporters throughout a Statehouse information convention that Kansas has blocked 500,000 bogus claims that would have price the state $22 billion. Her workplace later clarified that the figures have been pandemic totals.
Nevertheless, Kelly declined to present an estimate for a way a lot the state has paid out in fraudulent claims, at the same time as she dismissed figures from legislators as excessive as $700 million.
“I am doing every little thing in my energy to sort things now,” Kelly mentioned. “We can not lose sight of what occurs when we don’t preserve and modernize our infrastructure.”
The Legislature’s nonpartisan auditing division plans on Wednesday to launch the primary of two reviews on the issues on the Division of Labor, specializing in the varieties of fraud it has encountered. The second report is due in June.
“Now we have not been to get actually good estimates from the Division of Labor,” mentioned Republican Rep. Kristey Williams, of August, the chair of the legislative committee that oversees the auditors’ work. “That is going to present us a very good baseline to work from.”
Republican legislators have been at odds with Kelly for months over the state’s response to the pandemic since COVID-19 reached Kansas in early March 2020. Kelly last week attributed GOP lawmakers’ intensifying criticism of the Division of Labor to an effort to “simply laying the groundwork” to attempt to stop her reelection in 2022.