Hold oversight hearings now, say Minnesota House Republicans to the Democratic majority as top management upheaval continues at the state’s largest agency, the Human Services Department. Elk River Representative Nick Zerwas points to some top leaders leaving and others returning, amid a delayed investigation into fraud in the Child Care Assistance Program:

“We have to get to the bottom of this. We got people fleeing the ship like rats out of a sinking ship. If we’re not gonna look into it now, then why do we even bother doing any oversight?”

Rochester Democrat Tina Liebling, who chairs the committee that oversees Human Services funding, said Tuesday there’s no urgency for immediate hearings but she’d like the childcare assistance fraud investigation finished “fairly soon.”