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MN: Millions in legal costs trigger belt-tightening at Minn. human services agency

The Minnesota Department of Human Services, a giant agency with 6,628 employees and a biennial budget of $28.2 billion, is imposing limits on everything from filling vacant positions to out-of-state travel. The belt-tightening became necessary to bring the agency back on fiscal track after it racked up more than $4 million in costs from litigation over the treatment of sex offenders and the alleged abuse of people with disabilities, among other costs. Full Article

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However, she warned, “If these bills continue to ratchet up, it’s a safe guess there will be a conversation among policymakers to make sure our priorities do not get out of whack?????”

It sounds as though things have gone way beyond “out of whack.”

I think “turn about is fair play”: if legislatures wish to keep making these laws, punishments, and registration requirements, it seems contingent upon us to do all we can to make their rules as onerous and costly to them (in taxpayer dollars) as we possibly can. This is one sure way to make them re-think any new rules (and many of the old ones). At the same time, I suggest we think strategically: if we wish to have these laws changed, then we need to provide lawmakers with some “political cover” so they won’t be called “soft on crime” –… Read more »

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