The Minnesota's Department of Human Services, or DHS, mistakenly made some overpayments to its subordinates, specifically county and tribal social service departments, as the News Tribune reported Dec. 7.

These subordinate agencies are tasked with providing assistance services directly to the people in their local communities in accordance with directives and mandates from their DHS overlords. These subordinate direct-service agencies (the tribes and counties) are now expected to refund several million dollars of overpayment back to DHS.

The state of Minnesota is at the same time running a forecasted budget surplus of $1.3 billion, and the politicians in St. Paul wonder what to do with these excess funds, as the News Tribune has also reported.

In this season of generosity, I suggest they consider forgiving these debts that DHS had no small part in creating.

Peter Krause