First it was Democrat Anne Boyle, who is running for Lt. Governor with Mike Meister, accusing Heineman of “blackmail politics” by forcing school groups to choose between health care and education. Heineman denies the charges (see exclusive video below) which erupted after the Governor sent a letter to several state education groups. Heineman said if the organizations didn’t support repeal, he’d assume they favored cuts in state spending for education.
Now Robert Evnen, a member of the State Board of Education who was appointed in 2005 by Heineman, is asking the Board to repeal its support of federal health care reform. In a resolution that could be voted on Thursday, Evnen says, “unfunded mandates make state and local governments legally responsible for raising and spending taxes on programs over which they have no control.”
Evnen cites the same numbers the Governor is trumpeting. Both argue that Medicaid spending in Nebraska will jump between $526 million and $766 million over the next ten years. Democrats insist the numbers are badly inflated.
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Reported by Joe Jordan, firstname.lastname@example.org