|STATE OF CONNECTICUT|
|AUDITORS OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTS|
|KEVIN P. JOHNSTON||210
HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT 06106-1559
|ROBERT G. JAEKLE|
Governor M. Jodi Rell
Members of the General Assembly
We have audited the accompanying financial statements of the governmental activities, the business-type activities, the aggregate discretely presented component units, each major fund and the aggregate remaining fund information of the State of Connecticut as of and for the year ended June 30, 2008, which collectively comprise the State's basic financial statements as listed in the table of contents. These financial statements are the responsibility of the State of Connecticut's management. Our responsibility is to express opinions on these financial statements based on our audit. We did not audit:
Government-wide Financial Statements
Fund Financial Statements
Those financial statements were audited by other auditors whose reports thereon have been furnished to us, and our opinion, insofar as it relates to the amounts included for the aforementioned funds and accounts, is based on the reports of the other auditors. All of the aforementioned audits were conducted in accordance with auditing standards generally accepted in the United States of America. In addition, the audits of the Special Transportation Fund, Transportation Special Tax Obligations Fund, Drinking Water Fund, Clean Water Fund, Bradley International Airport, Connecticut Lottery Corporation, Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority, Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority, Connecticut Higher Education Supplemental Loan Authority, Connecticut Housing Finance Authority, and Connecticut Innovations Incorporated were conducted in accordance with standards applicable to financial audits contained in Government Auditing Standards, issued by the Comptroller General of the United States.
We conducted our audit in accordance with auditing standards generally accepted in the United States of America and the standards applicable to financial audits contained in Government Auditing Standards, issued by the Comptroller General of the United States. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement. The audits of the Connecticut Development Authority, the Capital City Economic Development Authority, the Bradley International Airport Parking Facility, John Dempsey Hospital, Connecticut State University, Connecticut Community-Technical Colleges and the University of Connecticut Foundation were not conducted in accordance with Government Auditing Standards. An audit includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. An audit also includes assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. We believe that our audit and the reports of other auditors provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.
As discussed in Note 14 of the financial statements, the State of Connecticut adopted the provisions of Governmental Accounting Standards Board ("GASB") Statement No. 45, Accounting and Financial Reporting by Employers for Postemployment Benefits Other Than Pensions (OPEB). This standard modifies the method that governments have reported the cost of providing such benefits, primarily retiree health care. It requires the systematic, accrual-basis measurement and recognition of OPEB cost (expense) over a period that approximates employees' years of service and the disclosure of information about the actuarial accrued liabilities associated with OPEB and whether and to what extent progress is being made in funding the plan. Our audit disclosed that information pertaining to the Funded Status and Funding Progress, and Actuarial Methods and Assumptions for the State Employee OPEB Plan was not disclosed in Note 14 of the financial statements in compliance with GASB requirements.
In our opinion, except for the matter described in the preceding paragraph, based upon our audit and the reports of other auditors, the financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the respective financial position of the governmental activities, the business-type activities, the aggregate discretely presented component units, each major fund, and the aggregate remaining fund information for the State of Connecticut, as of June 30, 2008, and the respective changes in financial position and cash flows, where applicable, thereof for the year then ended in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.
In accordance with Government Auditing Standards, we have also issued our report dated February 27, 2009, on our consideration of the State of Connecticut's internal control over financial reporting and on our tests of its compliance with certain provisions of laws, regulations, contracts and grant agreements and other matters. The purpose of that report is to describe the scope of our testing of internal control over financial reporting and compliance and the results of that testing, and not to provide an opinion on the internal control over financial reporting or on compliance. That report is an integral part of an audit performed in accordance with Government Auditing Standards and should considered in assessing the results of our audit.
The management's discussion and analysis on pages 15 through 25, and the budgetary comparison information on pages 38 through 39 are not a required part of the basic financial statements but are supplementary information required by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board. We have applied certain limited procedures, which consisted primarily of inquiries of management regarding the methods of measurement and presentation of the required supplementary information. However, we did not audit the information and express no opinion on it.
Our audit was conducted for the purpose of forming opinions on the financial
statements that collectively comprise the State of Connecticut's basic financial
statements. The introductory section, combining and individual nonmajor fund
financial statements, and statistical tables are presented for purposes of
additional analysis and are not a required part of the basic financial
statements. The combining and individual nonmajor fund financial statements have
been subjected to the auditing procedures applied in the audit of the basic
financial statements and, in our opinion, are fairly stated, in all material
respects in relation to the basic financial statements taken as a whole. The
introductory section and statistical tables have not been subjected to the
auditing procedures applied in the audit of the basic financial statements and,
accordingly, we express no opinion on them.
|Kevin P. Johnston||Robert G. Jaekle|
|Auditor of Public Accounts||Auditor of Public Accounts|
February 27, 2009