With only six weeks of the regular legislative session left, it’s getting crunch time for lawmakers in search of cost-savings and efficiencies. To help remind lawmakers that there are still plenty of opportunities out there to cut spending, here is a quick list of ideas for Article II.

Health and Human Services Related Agencies & Programs

  • Consolidate the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services into the Department of State Health Services-Savings: $7.2 million;
  • Cut non-federally required Medicaid programs-Savings: $67 million;
  • Reduce TANF Welfare to Work Exemptions-Savings: $10 million;

TOTAL: $84.2 million

For details on the recommendations listed above or for more ideas on how to reform the budget as it relates to Health and Human Services, please see: Article II: Health and Human Services.

-James Quintero