State spending, federal aid make for a shaky partnership

By   /  April 16, 2014  /  Affordable Care Act, Legislature, Medicaid, Mississippi, News, public sector, State House, State Politics, State Senate, Stimulus  /  No Comments

FLYING HIGH: Mississippi's state budget has the highest percentage of federal funds by any state, according to a recent report. PHOTO BY: CREATIVE COMMONS

There are two trend lines in Mississippi’s budgets from year to year. One is the ever-increasing amount of money the state government spends. The other is the percentage of the state’s revenues that come from the federal government that keeps going up.

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Mississippi still spending, despite GOP control

By   /  April 7, 2014  /  Affordable Care Act, Budget, law enforcement, Medicaid, State House, State Politics, State Senate, Taxes, Transparency, Uncategorized  /  No Comments

FLYING HIGH: Mississippi's state budget has the highest percentage of federal funds by any state, according to a recent report. PHOTO BY: CREATIVE COMMONS

Mississippi’s state budget grew for the third straight year for fiscal year 2015. The state will spend $6 billion in the fiscal year that starts July 1, an increase of 18 percent from last year’s budget.

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Enrolling, removing Medicaid patients would be ‘disastrous,’ expert says

By   /  March 31, 2014  /  Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, News, Virginia  /  No Comments

EYE ON THE FUTURE: Manhattan Institute fellow Yevgeniy Feyman says it would be "disastrous" to enroll, then remove folks in and out of the Medicaid program in Virginia after two years.

Enrolling hundreds of thousands more Virginians into Medicaid with the option to reverse the expansion after two years sounds like the perfect compromise for bickering leaders in Richmond.

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Give economic issues priority, Virginians say in Quinnipiac poll

By   /  March 26, 2014  /  Budget, Medicaid, News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

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Gov. Terry McAuliffe in a letter this year told budget negotiators Medicaid is the “most important decision” facing the Legislature.

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McAuliffe proposes Medicaid expansion pilot; Republicans are skeptical

By   /  March 24, 2014  /  Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

IN CHARGE: Gov. Terry McAuliffe has the authority to expand Medicaid, according to a letter written by former Gov. Bob McDonnell.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe threw a curveball on the first day of special session Monday, essentially propoping a new budget that includes a two-year pilot for Medicaid expansion.

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