The state of Indiana recently discovered it had lost track of $320 million in taxpayer dollars, payments collected from corporations over the last couple of years. This during a time when the state was cutting funding in the millions of dollars for superfluous things like education. The problem was attributed to a "programming error," presumably in the software used to manage state accounts.
Here were some of the phrases state administrators and legislators are using to describe the error:
- we maybe need a "fresh set of eyes"
- "bank error in your favor"
- "We drew the Community Chest card"
- "It did seem...those payments were light"
- "Christmas came early"
- "We know what happened and we're correcting it."
Am I the only one who's a little bit disturbed at this trivialization of hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars being hidden away for years, even if through omission or oversight?
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