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State Human Services Union Identifies Ways to Save Millions of Tax Dollars
Date:1/6/2009

act with the University of Massachusetts to identify Medicare recipients. "Payments are being made by the state under this contract that equal between $285 and over $500 for each recipient the University identifies," she said. "Yet our members can do this exact same work for approximately 37 cents per recipient if given the proper tools."

Jellison also pointed to over $300 million paid to Deloitte Consulting, a firm with ties to top officials in the Rendell Administration, for work done in the Department of Public Welfare, some of which was previously handled by state employees.

"Our agencies provide services to needy families, the elderly and disabled, the unemployed, the mentally ill and mentally retarded, emergency services, youth and children," said Jellison. "In addition, our members are trained to help prevent fraud and, as a result, have saved taxpayers an average of over $26 million annually in addition to awards for efficiency and delivery of Food Stamps, $4.6 million last year alone."

Jellison called upon the Governor to sit down with SEIU Local 668 and other state unions and implement some of their suggestions to help close the budget shortfall without cutting vital services.


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