With child care reimbursement fraud in the news this legislative session, it’s helpful to understand the scale and responsibilities of the state’s Department of Human Services (DHS), which distributes the funds and accounts for 42 percent of Minnesota’s overall budget. With tentacles that reach into just about every other element of the state’s budget, the octopus-like nature of the DHS – what is does and what it doesn’t do – can be tricky to understand.

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