Letters to the Editor

Your views in 200 words or less

BUDGET: State can’t manage the money it has

Letter by Norma Jean Nyman, Tacoma on Sep. 29, 2011 at 11:25 am | 15 Comments »
September 29, 2011 4:19 pm

Re: “Audit finds about $2.6 million in overpayment for child care” (TNT, 9-27).

First, the word “overpayment” should be replaced with “fraud.” You cannot make a $2 million mistake to one provider without fraud being involved. Hard questions need to be asked and answered.

Who in government is authorizing the payments? Every single bill that I pay has detailed documentation of the charges. I can look at that detail and know if there is a charge that is not valid.

Who’s perpetuating the fraud? Is it the child care provider, the welfare recipients or both? If it’s the welfare recipients, are they still on welfare and if so why? What is the state doing to get our money back?

Repayments are being sought for $426,000, but what about the remaining $2,174,000? Government is just saying, “Oops, our bad. Taxpayers will just have to eat it”?

Well, this taxpayer is getting pretty fed up with government allowing this to happen and no one taking responsibility. Every single hard-working, taxpaying individual should be up in arms over this type of government irresponsibility.

We hear of “whispers” of tax hikes (TNT, 9-28), yet time and again our state government has shown that it cannot manage with fiduciary responsibility the monies that we entrust to it.

Do you really believe that I’m going to vote for new taxes? Think again.

The News Tribune now uses Facebook commenting on selected blogs. See editor's column for more details. Commenters are expected to abide by terms of service for Facebook as well as commenting rules for thenewstribune.com. Report violators to webmaster@thenewstribune.com.