Gov. Walz 'Expect more on DHS'

Work continues at DHS despite controversy

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August 01, 2019 - 8:49 am

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Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz called himself a 'traveling public service announcement' as he continued his way across the state Thursday detailing the state's new Hands-Free law.

Gov. Walz joined the Morning News with Dave Lee on Thursday morning and talked about the Minnesota Department of Human Services, which is coming off a shaky July.

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"I know I have a lot of good, hard working employees over at DHS," Walz said. "When I came in I inherited a government that's been set-up with 24 agencies for decades. I don't know why it's that way in some cases, but I needed to know."

Walz said there will be more coming out on what his administration can do better on.

"The culture in these agencies is to speak up if you see something that's not right, or if you see something that's not efficient," he said. "I think you've seen it."

According to the governor, just this week DHS has completed several computer migrations including a MNLARS update that he says is working and will go to the private sector. Updates to MNsure have been completed and the entire lottery has been migrated into a private vendor, the largest across any of the 50 states.

DHS is working to help bring Minnesota's amount of homeless veterans to zero. This week it was reported that 207 veterans remained homeless in the state, according to the Homeless Veteran Registry. State leaders, including Gov. Walz, met with landlords and property owners at the James Ballentine "Uptown VFW" Post #246 in a summit focues on ending veteran homelessness.

"I've been getting asked over the last couple of weeks, 'What's going on at DHS'", Walz said Wednesday. "Well, they're out here solving veterans homelessness. That's what's going on at DHS."

Gov. Walz noted it's his responsibility to get the right leadership and people in position to do better.

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