Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Johnson Says Dept. Governor Calls Human Services 'A Mess'.(New Mexico)

Byline: S.U. Mahesh Journal Capitol Bureau

SANTA FE Gov. Gary Johnson said Tuesday he's open to any discussions that would help improve the embattled Human Services Department.

"It certainly warrants a discussion, and it certainly warrants looking into, because it's a mess," Johnson told reporters. "It has been, it continues to be and it will be unless we do something about it."

Johnson said he had no specific proposals in mind on how to improve the department.

"I am open to discussion and, more than a discussion, a possible reorganization of just those federal funds that get distributed," he said.

The Legislative Finance Committee is considering a proposal that would create a separate department to administer the state-federal Medicaid program. …

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