From the Desk of the President (September, 2008)
Labor/Management meetings continue.
We completed the review of the actual experience for
2007 Health Partner's usage by Hennepin County with no
as a body, continue to have high utilization of services for
preventive care. In
my opinion, that is a good thing as it means that we take
care of ourselves and our families.
It also means that potential health problems can be
identified at an early stage so that they can be dealt with
in a timely and more cost-effective manner as the earlier a
health concern is caught, the easier it is to address. The
Presidents and Business Representatives met with County
Administrator Richard Johnson who gave us an update of the
2008 budget status and the process for presenting his budget
to the County Commissioners.
There is currently a county wide hiring freeze.
Any positions vacated need to be reviewed on a case
by case basis to determine whether or not it will be filled.
When we asked what positions would most likely be
filled, the one that was mentioned was the Hennepin County
Library Director's position that is being vacated by Amy
comment was that we would need to fill a position at that
level due to all the budget and personnel responsibilities
assigned to that person.
He also stated that, even though the majority of
budget shortfalls for 2009 are being experienced by HSPHD,
he still does not expect that department to bear all of the
budget cuts - that they will be spread out amongst other
levy limit is going to be an even more aspect of the budget
this year than usual as he has to balance the mandated levy
increases for the library with all of the other county
State Legislature included a number of exceptions to the
levy limits set in the bills passed this spring but there is
not a lot of wiggle room.
It is going to be very important for all of us to
contact our Commissioners when needed to explain how
important it is to maintain an adequate level of services so
that the citizens of Hennepin County are not hurt by cuts.
We need to speak up for the people we serve
as they often cannot speak for themselves.
ďA turtle travels only when it sticks its neck out." - Proverb