Michigan Treasury Erroneously Sent Out a $14.5 Million Check

Company's corporate subsidy check was doubled

The Michigan Department of Treasury erroneously sent a $14.5 million check to a company in 2016. The money was almost certainly part of the $672.8 million in secret corporate welfare checks the state expects to send to favored businesses in the current fiscal year. In this instance, the Treasury Department doubled what the company was supposed to get.

That was a finding of an audit released in March done by the Office of the Auditor General.

After the mistake was uncovered, it took the Treasury Department three months to resolve the issue, according to the audit.

“The duplicate refund did not result in a loss of resources to the State because the taxpayer did not attempt to deposit the warrant,” the audit read.

The department responded that it had taken the appropriate steps to prevent duplicate refunds being issued again.

Stay Engaged

Simply enter your email below to receive our weekly email:


There aren’t many policies that get near unanimous support from economists, but free trade is one of them. Despite this, a central theme of the 2016 presidential campaign, heard from both political parties, was that free trade was somehow harmful to the United States and corrective action was needed. Mark Perry, an economics professor at the University of Michigan-Flint and scholar with the American Enterprise Institute, makes the case for why President Trump’s assessment of free trade is misguided.

Related Sites