July 17, 2023

Is Massachusetts’ largest state office too big? Some are discussing splitting it up

Jason Laughlin ,

The Boston Globe

Health and human services’ current structure does have advantages, said Doug Howgate, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a nonprofit budget watchdog. The marginalized communities the office is most likely to serve tend to need assistance from several public programs at once, and they may be easier to coordinate under a single agency.

“The health needs of vulnerable populations also speaks sometimes to coordinating things under the same roof,” Howgate said.