Indiana discovers $350 million it didn't know it had

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    (CNN) -- Indiana's state government has discovered $320 million in funds it didn't know it had, money that officials stumbled across while enacting statewide belt-tightening measures.

    "Christmas came early," Gov. Mitch Daniels said.

    During a press conference Tuesday, Daniels cited a "programming omission" and modernized tax collection processes for unearthing the $320 million in corporate tax revenue. That money had been accumulating since 2007, but hadn't been accounted for in the state's operating budget.

    Instead, this revenue went unnoticed, as the state worked to get its fiscal house in order. The latter effort has included several deep cuts -- including roughly $320 million in state funding for K-12 education, according to state Sen. John Broden.

    "We've lost a whole year of educational opportunities for our children because of this misplaced money," Broden, the ranking Democratic member of the state senate's appropriations committee, said in a press release earlier this week.

    In an open letter to a state budget committee, Broden and other Democrats requested "an independent audit ... to determine how this significant error occurred and how Indiana citizens can be assured that it will not happen again."

    Indiana state government unearths $320 million in unknown tax revenue - CNN.com
     

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