From Inside “The More Things Change File,” What’s the Year?

“In XXXX, the state faced a multibillion-dollar budget problem.

Initially responding to … (a) proposal to transfer authority over some mental health and health programs to counties, the Legislature considered aa number of options to simultaneously reduce the state’s budget shortfall and improve the workings of state-county programs.”


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  1. It’s too easy to say 1991, the year the major realignment structure for health and human services was enacted. I’m going to guess 1986 when realignment was proposed in the budget process and shot down by the counties.

    Comment by Karen Keeslar — 6.23.2010 @ 6:44 pm

  2. I agree with Karen- 1991 is obvious, but let’s not forget 1984 when they transferred indigent health – at 70 cents on the dollar because counties were so much more efficient than the state!

    Comment by Paul McIntosh — 6.23.2010 @ 7:33 pm

  3. I agree that it was 1984

    Comment by Barbara o'connor — 6.23.2010 @ 7:41 pm

  4. in any year during which the legislature considers or proposes “transferring authority” for any program to counties, the matter quickly becomes known as “Shift and Shaft”. (ibid: McIntosh, above)

    Comment by lotuslover — 6.23.2010 @ 11:19 pm

  5. I’d say 2011, 2012, 2013 ad nauseum….

    And don’t for get to add “counties take the financial risk and the state calls the shots!”

    Comment by SugarMuffin — 6.24.2010 @ 8:07 am

  6. Thanks to all. Karen was right to go with her instinct. It is 1991. Remember how simple-minded the chief correspondent is.

    As to SugarMuffin’s point…All too likely.


    Comment by admin — 6.25.2010 @ 9:13 am

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