State makes $2.9 billion mistake

By Taxpayers Association of Oregon Foundation,

Unintentional accounting errors by Oregon state officials totaled $2.9 billion in 2023, state auditors concluded. That means state agencies failed to keep clear track of extra tax money received during the Covid-19 pandemic, the Oregon Secretary of State’s office reported. Auditors who reviewed paperwork from 18 federal programs allocating money to 11 state agencies also recommended ways to fix those accounting errors, particularly in the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, block grants for mental health services, vocational rehab grants, and Medicaid clusters.