The state of Colorado in 2011 sent out unemployment checks for $128 million to people who were not eligible.
The state’s bureaucrats insist that the will get all that money back. Yes, sirree, You can bet your bottom dollar on that. Just as soon as they find out who got the money.
As for 2010, 2009, etc., that too. Don’t you worry your little head about that.
Furthermore, it will never happen again.
You paid your share. About $98 million came out of the state’s till. The Feds pad the rest.
Nationwide, the Feds estimate, $5 billion went out erroneously in 2011.
Fraud was involved, but also clerical errors.
A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon we’re talking about a fraction of a percent of this year’s federal deficit of $1.3 trillion.
“The majority of overpayments are due to administrative errors. More than 96 percent are administrative errors,” Colorado Department of Labor and Employment spokeswoman Cher Haavind said via e-mail.
The errors are a result of the “complexities of paying benefits and all the intricacies of the federal extended benefits,” she said, but that doesn’t excuse claimants from repayment.
But there will be no more errors. No, sir. All that is in the past. That was then. This is now. A new day has dawned.
One poor schnook collected $5,000. Now the state says to pay it back. He spent it. He is not alone.
The increase in improper payments was $31 million, 2011 over 2010.
The combined balance of state and federal extended improper payments increased by more than $31 million from 2010 to 2011.