At Issue: Sept. 25 — Feeding Our Future charges, OLA reports and the latest on the governor’s race

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This week on “At Issue,” we examine where taxpayer money is going and who’s keeping track of how it’s spent.

On Tuesday, U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger announced charges against Feeding Our Future Executive Director Aimee Bock and dozens of others in an alleged $250 million fraud investigation.

Gov. Tim Walz responded to critics who say his administration should have done more to stop what the Department of Justice calls the largest pandemic fraud scheme in the country. He claimed the Department of Education tried to stop payments to the organization but the state’s hands were tied by a court order to resume payments — an assertion that led a Ramsey County judge to issue his own response seeking to correct the record.

The Office of the Legislative Auditor was busy this week, too, presenting its findings on how the Minnesota Department of Human Services distributed pandemic homelessness grants and releasing its audit of how the Minnesota Department of Health monitored $200 million in grants to health care organizations and nursing homes.

Plus, our political analysts discuss the lack of televised debates in this year’s gubernatorial election as many Minnesotans are already casting their ballots.