Governor Wolf talks department consolidation

Governor Tom Wolf spoke to the media Thursday briefly about his plans to combine four state departments. 

Wolf announced January 30th his proposal to merge the departments of human services, health, drug and alcohol programs, and aging into one unified agency called the Department of Health and Human Services.

CBS-21 reports the announcement made no mention, however, of how many people or jobs will be affected by the move or how much money the consolidation may save the state as Pennsylvania is facing a three million dollar budget deficit.

The governor told the media Thursday the move will make Pennsylvania more efficient.

“Working together can do a couple things. First we can actually do a more efficient job cost effectively but we can also actually address the problem in a much better way,” said Wolf.  

There is no word yet on when the changes could happen; the proposal still has to be approved by the legislature.

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