Child Welfare Task Force Asking for More Case Workers

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That could cost millions of dollars and may be a tough sell in cash-strapped Nebraska.

Task force co-chairman Gary Lacey says child welfare workers are overworked and under paid.

The Lancaster County Attorney says the task force also is recommending that all case workers get a pay increase of 20-percent. That too, would be costly.

Gov. Johanns set up the task force to look into why Nebraska had 26 children die since 1998 directly because of child abuse or in cases linked to potential abuse.