I don't think there was any doubt in anyone's mind that the taxpayers would have to pay for this governmental mistake-
State taxpayers likely will have to pitch in hundreds of thousands of dollars - and perhaps much more - to provide credit monitoring to help protect the 171,000 people whose Social Security numbers inadvertently were printed on the outside of tax booklets.
If everyone affected signed up for the credit monitoring, it would cost taxpayers more than $4 million, but state officials said the bill would be lower than that. They cited examples of security breaches elsewhere that suggested taxpayers would have to pay at most $232,000.
This is why Americans are so frustrated with our government. Government's mistakes cost us alot of money.