Good Morning Alabama:
I am Miranda Joseph. I am a wife, a mother, a board certified internal auditor, and your candidate for State Auditor on November 4th. I am asking for your vote and support on November 4, 2014.
Alabama needs an auditor who has been certified and trained by our own Alabama schools and professional boards. Alabama needs an auditor who is not new to the demands of the State Auditor’s office. Alabama needs the knowledge and skills that come with experience. Experience Matters! I am the only candidate who is Certified in Internal Auditing (CIA) and Certified in Risk Management (CRMA) with years of experience.
Would you want a skilled and well-trained doctor to operate on you? Would you want a knowledgeable attorney to help you with a case? If you answered yes to the questions, wouldn’t you want a certified auditor in the state auditor’s office??
For the first quarter of 2014, the Auditor’s office reported several items either lost or stolen. It's a good accounting of the losses, but with no explanation of how the Department of Rehabilitation Services managed to lose (and this is not a complete list):
- 1 ice machine
- 1 air conditioner
- 6 microwaves
- 16 vending machines
- 4 coin sorters
Other items stolen from the department include a refrigerator and pool table. The Board of Medical Examiners reported a stolen pistol, the Alabama Tourism Department lost a fax machine, and the Historical Commission misplaced a display case.
The original cost of items lost, stolen, or destroyed during the first quarter was over $134,000. Alabama needs an independent state auditor and needs one who's trained to do the job and that is why I am asking you to stand with me as I seek the State Auditor’s office.
Additionally, one of the most important duties of the State Auditor’s office is the appointment of one of the three members of the Boards of Registrars in 66 of Alabama's 67 counties. This affects the ability of everyone to have access to the ballot box thus ensuring everyone’s ability to participate in the voting process. I will only appoint qualified individuals who have the work experience and the desire to better the voter registration system in our state. This is deeply important because it is the gateway to democracy in our state.
Our State is facing tough economic times. Our families are struggling and working hard to make ends meet. Like you, I understand what it means to go over family finances to make every dollar count. It begins with taking responsibility for what is spent and making sure there is accountability for every dollar. I believe that Montgomery should do the same.
My goal is to take our family values to Montgomery to ensure that we have an open and honest government. Just as we sit at our kitchen tables to save and watch our pennies, our government should do the same with our tax dollars. Government should be fair and accountable and I have the experience we need to make sure we have this in Alabama.
We do not have time for on the job training. We do not have time to allow billions of taxpayer dollars to go unaccounted for. In these tough economic times we do not have time. Alabama does not have time.
The day has come for us to unite. The ties that bind us have grown longer and stronger. We will make a difference in Alabama. That is my most honest and dearest belief. So I write to you to stand with me as we pick up the journey and seek the office of the State Auditor. Let us bring a new morning to Alabama so that we can once again be that shining city on the hill.
Miranda K. Joseph
- Improve the effectiveness and efficiency of State operations
- Improve reliability and accuracy of information
- Show receipt and disbursement of all taxes and revenues collected and paid
- Add value and improve the State’s operations
- Continuously improve proficiency and effectiveness and quality of services
- You have the RIGHT to a State Auditor who is honest...
- You have the RIGHT to a State Auditor with integrity...
- You have the RIGHT to a State Auditor who will hold public officials accountable...
- You have the RIGHT to a State Auditor who will put the needs of the citizens of Alabama first...
NewsSunday, June 15, 2014 8:28 AM