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Published on Aug 4, 2012
Lauren Nelson interviews CapitolBeatOK's Patrick B. McGuigan in this week's Capitol Report for News 9. The "Pinnacle Plan" for reform the troubled state Department of Human Services. Reform will be costly, but it has support from the governor, legislative leaders and key members of the state House. The new approach is "the final plan, sort of," McGuigan said, explaining that still to be crafted are performance benchmarks defining what success will look like, and steps to get that done. The key changes are more employees -- eventually 200 more -- and higher pay for case workers. The agency's budget will grow by $100 million a year from its current $2.1 billion level. Turning to Oklahoma City's MAPS3 plan, environmental assessments have begun on the "core to shore" park. An assessment grant will help the city figure how much environmental remediation is needed. The park is expected to cost $132 million of the total $777 million for MAPS3. Land acquisition is still under way, McGuigan reported.