Letters to the Editor

Wasteful budgeting

When our state budget is estimated to have a shortfall of $1.3 billion in healthcare, why do they continue to fund functions like Contract Oversight at the Department of Children and Families?

Here’s a function that costs taxpayers an estimated $2 million annually. They produce paper reports that provide the same information as the last seven years.

The function adds no real value to the mission of the department. And the staff who work in the function have no program experience or understanding of the providers they monitor.

So why would the state continue to fund what has become another layer of bureaucracy without benefit to the taxpayers or even the department it serves?

Can you imagine how many roads can be fixed with that money, or how many sick children can get care?

Brian Thompson, Miami Beach