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DHS funding cuts hurt Oklahoma's economy, official says

BY BARBARA HOBEROCK - Tulsa World Modified: November 13, 2009 at 5:25 am •  Published: November 13, 2009
A legislative panel was told Thursday that further cuts to the Department of Human Services could result in a downward spiral to the state’s economy.

"If material cuts continue to have to be made, the accelerating effect on the overall economy should not be underestimated,” DHS Director Howard Hendrick told the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services.

He said his agency’s problems stem in part on its reliance on federal matching dollars.

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