State lawmakers pressed Montana’s Commissioner of Higher Education to improve his office’s financial practices Tuesday.

Earlier this month, Montana’s Legislative Audit Division released a Fiscal Year 2018 report of the Commissioner of Higher Education’s Office, documenting thousands of dollars’ worth of inappropriate spending on meals and travel for employees and members of the Montana Board of Regents.

Improper expenses included an employee’s airline ticket from the United Kingdom to Colorado; a chartered flight from Helena to Glasgow, Montana; and excessive hotel stays in Bozeman the weekend of the 2017 Cat-Griz football game, according to the audit.

The audit also found inadequate “internal controls” on the $60 million Montana Family Education Savings Program and other office functions; and that the office had not

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