State budget cuts have some departments considering consolidation. The State Department of Labor is one of them.
Commissioner Mark Costello stopped in Tulsa Friday. His department is facing losing half its budget which is why he is pushing for possible consolidation with the State Construction Industry Board. Costello says it would save money to share the internet technology departments, legal departments, and management staff.
"I have returned as the Commissioner of Labor, a state car. I do not seek reimbursement. That saves $6000, $7,000, maybe $8,000 a year," said Oklahoma Department of Labor Commissioner Mark Costello.
The State Labor Department had a 9 month back log in wage cases. It hired more attorneys willing to work for less money and is almost caught up while saving money.
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