AUGUSTA – Governor LePage said he wants to re-establish several positions in the Department of Health Human Services.
The positions at DHHS were cut during last year’s state budget negotiations. As a result, eight attorneys will be let go in June.
During a public hearing Monday, Republican Representative Paul Chace pushed to re-establish those positions. He said now is not the time to make cuts at DHHS. He added, “In this time of opiate crisis, and we need to keep an eye our children, caretakers, everybody who is working for our most needy in Maine, a faster moving department that’s got the efficiency to get these rules and regulations in place.”
The bill is looking for $650,000 to restore the positions. There was no written testimony yesterday against the bill. But some Democrats previously questioned the positions, saying there are more pressing needs at DHHS.