Oklahoma health boss says $30 million will help fund layoffs


December 10, 2017

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A $30 million cash infusion from the Legislature will help pay vendors and fund the layoffs of nearly 200 people at the Oklahoma State Department of Health, but more systemic changes are needed to permanently stabilize the agency after years of financial mismanagement, the agency's new leader told lawmakers on Monday.

Acting Oklahoma Health Commissioner Preston Doerflinger testified for more than two hours before a House investigative panel looking into the agency's budget problems. A top aide and key financial adviser to Gov. Mary Fallin, Doerflinger was tapped to le...

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