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Oklahoma human services director seeks $33 million

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The director of Oklahoma's Department of Human Services is asking lawmakers to appropriate almost $33 million in state tax dollars to operate the agency through the end of June.

DHS director Ed Lake discussed the agency's supplemental funding request Monday at a meeting of the House Appropriations and Budget Subcommittee on Human Services.

Lake says the funding problems involve salaries for child welfare specialists, rate increases for family foster care, a funding shortfall for child welfare service positions and the growth in the number of children in DHS custody.

Lake says the state funding can be used to leverage about $17 million in federal funds.

The chairman of the budget panel, Republican Rep. Jason Nelson of Oklahoma City, says the state's current revenue situation will make the request "very difficult."

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