Senate Democratic Leader Sharon Nelson on Thursday issued the statement below after the Senate Republicans at taxpayer expense hired yet another investigator to address the Department of Corrections computer error:

“Senate Republicans gutted the McCleary education plan early Thursday and later in the day wasted taxpayer money on a duplicative and politically-driven investigation.

“We are all concerned with the Department of Corrections error; we must make sure it never happens again. The investigation is on-going and in good, nonpartisan hands.

“The Senate Republicans have no plan for education. Maybe they could spend a little less time on political theater and a little more on Washington’s one million school kids.”