Shows over $5 billion in unemployment overpayments
State Senator Sally Turner (R-Beason) released the following statement regarding the recently released performance audit of IDES during the pandemic:
“I am outraged by the complete mismanagement of our state’s unemployment insurance program that this audit shows. It is truly hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that more than $5 billion of unemployment benefits were improperly paid out in just two years and that only a tenth of that money has been recovered.
“The lack of planning and poor decision-making committed by IDES throughout this report are beyond concerning. The people and businesses of our state do not deserve to pay for the state’s mishandling of this program. What they do deserve is answers to how this was allowed to happen and what the Administration is doing to rectify the problems created by their own gross incompetence.”