Plan to streamline welfare would save $8 million, layoff 220
Hilo, Hawaii – Video by David Corrigan
Governor Linda Lingle explains her plan to streamline the Department of Human Services by creating an Eligibility Processing Operations Division, or EPOD, within the Department.
The governor says the consolidation of all the state’s offices into two processing centers – one in Hilo, one in Honolulu – will enable people to ge their benefits (like food stamps, welfare or free medical care) quicker.
During her comments, the governor also dispells concerns that EPOD will make it easier to commit fraud.
Lingle says the state would save $8 million but would have to layoff 220 employees. There would be no layoffs in Hilo.
Lingle says the labor influenced Democrats in the legislature countered with a proposal for an EPOD pilot project on Oahu, but not the neighbor islands.