Aldona Wos

About Rick Brajer, the new head of DHHS

There's only one thing that needs to be known about our new secretary of DHHS in North Carolina:

Brajer was until January CEO of ProNerve in Denver. A Tennessee company announced in February it had acquired ProNerve, a few days after the Denver company started bankruptcy proceedings.

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Feeding the hungry still a low priority for McCrory administration

"Let them eat some sort of cake-like substance," said Queen Aldona:

The state was one of the worst in the nation in timely application approvals in 2013, according to Thursday’s letter, and had not reached an acceptable level in 2014. The agency asked DHHS for a response within 30 days on how it will improve.

“The state’s chronically poor performance in timeliness is in direct conflict with application processing statutory and regulatory provisions meant to protect a low-income household’s right to receive nutrition assistance benefits in a timely manner,” said the letter from USDA regional administrator Robin D. Bailey Jr.

It makes you wonder just what Wos would have to do to be considered incompetent in the eyes of McCrory. Accidentally burning down a building might do it, but after listening to twenty minutes of her painfully off-topic explanation he would probably just say, "Try not to do it again."

Ricky's back!

We all remember Little Ricky Diaz, the McCrony campaign hack who was rewarded with an $85,000 per year job that was not advertised and for which he was not qualified.

Being an opportunist, Ricky used that temporary gig as a springboard to go to Washington and be a communications hack for a Republican "strategy" firm.

But now Ricky's back in North Carolina! This time as a Republican party communications hack.

The Wos effect: Throw money at consultants until you run out

Eventually, one of them is bound to stumble over the solution

This information came to light at a legislative oversight committee meeting last week. Counting DHHS’ recent extension of a no-bid contract with consultant firm Alvarez & Marsal from $3 million to $6.82 million, the agency has spent more than $7.2 million on consultants over the past 20 months, the Journal reported.

This breaks down to $473 an hour for the consultant’s three principals; $394 an hour for five directors; and $242 an hour for each of nine analysts, according to a report by the News & Observer of Raleigh. Sen. Floyd McKissick, attending the meeting, noted that one of those consultants works out to $800,000 a year.

Right, but raising the minimum wage in NC from $7.25 to $10.10 would place an unnecessary burden on the job creators...

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