Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Budget brou-ha-ha

PA legislators and governor Ed Rendell differ on how the state's budget should be made to balance. Republican Congressfolk called for a vote on his proposed cuts to Medicaid today in a noisy show of disdain for his suggestions. Dems claim that this wasn't a proposal in isolation, but as a starting point for negotiations; their accusation that the Repubs are trying to shame Rendell is somewhat borne out by the speedy press release put out by the PA GOP... There may be substantive negotiations underway as well, but it's a bit hard to tell through the smoke.

Update: John Baer offers his assessment of Wednesday's show, as well as prospects for other solutions to the budget problems and health coverage for the poor.


Blogger Rep. Mark B. Cohen said...

The unanimous vote against Governor Rendell's February Medicaid cut proposal--issued under a state requirement of proposals for a balanced budget based on information available at the time--shows more Republican gamesmanship than anything else.

It would be wonderful if the Republicans would join with Democrats to provide a secure funding base for the current (and already cut numerous times) Medicaid services, but I would be very surprised if it happened.

12:44 PM  

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