Wed Jan 18, 2017, 11:44 PM
AmandaCMatthews (689 posts)
$1.9 BILLION ERROR ADDS TO CALIFORNIA DEFICIT PROJECTION
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Gov. Jerry Brown's administration miscalculated costs for the state Medi-Cal program by $1.9 billion last year, an oversight that contributed to Brown's projection of a deficit in the upcoming budget, officials acknowledged this week.
The administration discovered accounting mistakes last fall, but it did not notify lawmakers until the administration included adjustments to make up for the errors in Brown's budget proposal last week. The Democratic governor called for more than $3 billion in cuts because of a projected deficit he pegged at $1.6 billion.
"There's no other way to describe this other than a straight up error in accounting, which we deeply regret," said H.D. Palmer, a spokesman for the Department of Finance.
The agency followed its normal practice by waiting to report the errors in the governor's next budget, he said.
Brown's deficit projection was driven by more than just the accounting error, Palmer said, noting that California tax collections came in below expectations for most of the first half of the fiscal year.
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Wed Jan 18, 2017, 11:54 PM
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3. "There's no other way to describe this other than a straight up error in accounting"
1.9 BILLION? I tried hard to come up with a joke, but the joke wrote itself. 1.9 billion? how in a world one makes a mistake like that?