Eighth Week of Session - April 20-24
With an extended or special session to finish the budget almost a certainty, yesterday the House sent a surprise budget offer to Senate. They propose to use $200 million in state funds (drawing down an additional $305 million in federal funds) for the Low Income Pool (LIP) hospital funding program.
Interestingly, the House finds the LIP money by reducing a couple of high priorities of both the Governor and Legislature--tax cuts and education funding.
Late today, the Senate countered with an offer to extend the session until June 30. The Senate is maintaining its position on healthcare expansion and LIP and uses expected savings from their healthcare plan to match the House’s K-12 funding position.
With no more meetings scheduled, many bills are dying in committee. There are several “trains” forming, as language from other bills are tacked onto bills that are moving.
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Stephani Meyers, Research Assistant.