What a week! The news from Raleigh came so fast and furious it was hard to keep up. Two of the Governor’s cabinet Secretaries were replaced, three major issues that have been holding up negotiations on the budget were removed from that process and saw movement as separate bills, the House approved a nearly $3 billion bond package, and a Constitutional amendment to control future state spending was proposed. Embattled DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos announced her resignation last week after nearly three years on the job, just as the House and Senate seem to be moving closer to a deal on Medicaid reform. Her replacement will be former ProNerve CEO Rick Brajer, a newcomer to public service who begins his tenure at a crucial time. He takes over not only during the debate on Medicaid reform but as the Senate is considering a proposal to move the Division of Medical Assistance (Medicaid) from DHHS and create a separate cabinet-level department to oversee the program. Read the full report here.