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Friday, April 10, 2009

Popular Progressive: Iowa DHS head caught between a rock and a hard place

Excerpted from this post at Popular Progressive

When Gene Gessow was called on by Governor Chet Culver last fall to
head the state's Department of Human Services, he would not have known
the misery it could cause him, but he could have guessed given the
political football that DHS has been for lawmakers. With a budget
shortfall and needs for human services likely to increase for the
foreseeable future, it is troubling that Senate Republicans are lining
up to block his confirmation. Gessow must receive 34 votes to be
confirmed by the 50-member Senate (there are 32 Democrats and 18
Republicans in the Senate). The DHS, which has 5,700 employees and a
$4.6 billion annual budget is in a constant state of flux as Democrats
and Republicans play tug o' war with its budget.


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