Dave Baker

(St. Paul MN-) Commissioner Jodi Harpstead gave lawmakers a progress report 90 days after taking the helm at the troubled state Human Services Department -- and Willmar Republican Dave Baker wanted to know...

Baker responded a commissioner who wants respect must hold people accountable:

Harpstead says D-H-S is a "high capacity department" that's "soft around the edges." DHS has had a variety of problems over the last 18 months including revelations of fraud within the Child Care Assistance Program, overpayments to indian tribes and counties for drug, alcohol and mental health treatment, and the resignations of top DHS officials. Inspector General Carolyn Ham was not terminated after the CCAP fraud was revealed, but was transferred to another department.