Health spending endgame nears at Legislature

  • Article by: WARREN WOLFE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 3, 2010 - 9:45 PM

With two weeks to go, legislators are moving closer to budget-cutting decisions for health programs, but there's no assurance that Pawlenty will accept the result.

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vespa50spMay. 3, 10 9:53 PM

The legislature has to do health care and education, and won't know about the $408 million dollar additional medicaid match money until after session. Millions of dollars in hospital revenue and health care for the poor hangs in the balance. And we haven't heard from the courts about unallotment yet. Plus a $7 billion dollar deficit predicted for next year. Crazy.

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retired999May. 3, 1011:18 PM

the legislature has been delaying again the delivery of a budget. notice, i didn't say balanced because no one has seen what they will propose. but of course, when it comes in and the gov vetoes the budget it will be all his fault. how about getting the bill in sooner so there can be some negotiation between the gov and the legislature!

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pastabirdMay. 4, 10 6:32 AM

Don't forget to leave money for a stadium. With a one biliion dollar shortfall there must be spare money somewhere. Ya right.

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woeismeMay. 4, 10 7:51 AM

Thank you, Barry.

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citywoman1May. 4, 10 8:13 AM

This isn't about Obama or the health reform law (which hasn't even kicked in yet). Our budget deficit preceded the health reform law by quite a while, and it's just a repeat of what we've seen the last few years (even before Obama was elected). I swear, some people would blame Obama for the rain, blame Obama for the bird that pooped on their shoulder, blame Obama for their bad relationship, etc.

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thecolonel63May. 4, 10 8:15 AM

How about a special medical care lottery, a tax on hospital jersey's and maybe a higher hotel/motel and rental car tax for all of those that come to Minnesota for medical care?

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IFLANDERMay. 4, 10 9:26 AM

So the article says that there is little to no time to get this done. What have they been doing? Wouldnt this be one of if not the most important jobs they had this session? I think they should have started with this then went on to figuring out what to name that new rest stop or what ever other BS they were pretending to work on. The current state and federal governing bodies are the most laughable groups the American people have ever been saddled with.

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a121940May. 4, 1010:00 AM

If you are so smart run for office and solve the problem! Always easier to flap one's mouth than it is to get the job done.

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minncitizenMay. 4, 1012:51 PM

Both the GOP and the DFL seem all together too ready to come up with money for stadiums and silly arts projects. But let the unemployed need help and both the phoney GOPers and DFLers start wailing about shortages of funds. A curse on both of their houses.

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furguson11May. 4, 10 4:09 PM

really. there are your priorities.

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