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Senate propses spending less on Medicaid, more on education

Posted June 16, 2008

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— Leaders in the North Carolina Senate are releasing their budget proposal, which proposes spending less money than the House on reimbursing doctors and others for treating Medicaid patients.

Senate Democrats began rolling out portions of their spending plan in subcommittee meetings Monday afternoon.

The Senate's proposed health budget reduces the money available for Medicaid reimbursements by $42 million. That's a deeper cut than the House offered in its budget two weeks ago.

The plan also increases funding for education programs pushed for by Gov. Mike Easley.

The Senate is looking at spending $40 million for pre-kindergarten programs, nearly doubling the House proposal.

The plan would direct $34 million to cover college enrollment increases. That is $20 million more than the House offered.

The Senate also set forth $17 million for college campus safety improvements.

As for pay increases, the Senate offered a 3 percent hike for teachers and 2.75 percent for other state workers. That is the same as what the House put forward.

Unlike the House; however, the Senate budget does not include $50 million for land acquisitions.

The Senate also proposed nearly $50 million less for the reserve this year.

The Senate has scheduled a full meeting of the Appropriations Committee on Tuesday morning. The two chambers want to get a final budget to Easley before the fiscal year starts July 1.

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  • dko Jun 17, 2008

    It amazes me I have a sister who has asthma CANNOT get insurance Makes less than $800.00 amonth on SS her medicine bills which medicare DOES NOT pay now ( pain Medicine) She pays over $300.00 dollars amonth prescription meds BUT we are cutting Medicaid to pay our teachers more. Is our state killing off our elderly to make room so that we have wealthier teachers . Easley give it a break you don/t need the teachers union now!!1

  • OLD PIRATE 2 Jun 17, 2008

    If we could get people to stop running to the emergency rooms for care and require they use a clinic, the savings would pay for the cuts.

  • doodad Jun 17, 2008

    "hurt those who rely on it"

    Like the illegals

  • Scubagirl Jun 17, 2008

    "The Senate's proposed health budget reduces the money available for Medicaid reimbursements by $42 million. That's a deeper cut than the House offered in its budget two weeks ago."
    that's going to hurt those who rely on it-bad idea IMO