State Auditor Says Wasteful Spending A Big Problem in Neb.

Nebraska's stateauditor says the wasteful state spending his office reported earlier this weekis just a fraction of what's going on.

Auditor Mike Foley saidMonday's report on the misspending of nearly eight-million dollars by the Departmentof Health and Human Services is the sort of waste and fiscal mismanagement thatcould be found throughout state and local government agencies.

Foley told members ofthe Beatrice Rotary Club that he thinks the state could trim spending five-percentacross the board. That would amount to about 182-million dollars for thisfiscal year alone.

Foleysaid his office is making new enemies everyday with the alarms they're soundingabout public spending.