Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Governor Daniels Also Nonchalant About Misplaced Half-Billion Dollars

The other day I wrote about how I found it disturbing that Abdul-Hakim Shabazz seemed rather dismissive about the importance of the state finding what now totals to be over $500 million in just a few months.  Apparently Abdul is not alone.

The Star's Matthew Tully has reported that Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, too, is being completely nonchalant about the enormous mix-up as well:

Not that he's apologizing. When the state realized it had misplaced $320 million several months ago, Daniels treated it like a joke, talking like a college student who'd just found $20 worth of beer money in an old pair of jeans, as if important budget decisions hadn't been made on the faulty numbers.
And on Thursday the state put out a news release that downplayed the newest mistake, writing of "programming errors" and mentioning not the $206 million but the smaller "$13 million per month" mistake. That's like Tiger Woods telling his wife, "Hey, I averaged only one affair a month!"

I just don't get it.  I understand that the state is charged with handling an incredible amount of money and that sometimes there will be some change that falls through the cracks.  This isn't just pocket change, though.  This is more than half a billion dollars of hard-earned Hoosier taxpayer's money.  To treat this issue as anything but severe not only downplays the enormous sums of money involved, it also downplays the value of a dollar to the taxpayers to whom the money truly belongs.

Daniels, Abdul, and everyone in the state should be calling for heads to roll for these pieces of terrible financial mismanagement.  I hope they revisit the issue soon and reword their attitudes on the subject.

1 comment:

  1. There's more coming down the pike:


    You better believe this is the start of finding misplaced money from Governor FiscalFraud's administration. His nonchalance about this whole situation is typical of his entire administration from what I've seen. When things are going well, they will toot their horns 'til the cows come home. When things aren't going well, they'll downplay it, throw blame elsewhere (if applicable), and then immediately mention their successes again to try and blunt the bad news. His propagandists...er, PR people, are some of the best in government anywhere.

    One unusual thing is starting to happen here, though. The Indianapolis media is buying his stories less and less and doing more investigating. It might be too late to directly nail what a bad manager governor he has been, but it's better than nothing.