Madeleine Baran's analysis of the Department of Human Services, which has found itself in the middle of the states budget impasse and of the government shutdown, is a must read.
Madeleine's done a fanastic job of sorting out where DHS gets its money, and why it has become a political flashpoint in this epic debate over the state's finances.
I feel smarter having read it. Here's her entire story.
DHS is an important agency. However, it is waaay too top heavy with administrators, planners, analysts and folks who are far removed from the realities of peoples' lives---the very people they are supposed to serve. DHS is a difficult agency for counties to deal with and even to get to (their new building has virtually no parking). Cuts should be made administratively at both the state and county levels and I doubt anyone would even notice.