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Arkansas House speaker details cuts if Medicaid plan fails

Schools, prisons take hits

By Brian Fanney , Michael R. Wickline , Spencer Willems

This article was published April 12, 2016 at 5:45 a.m.

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House Speaker Jeremy Gillam



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Funding for public schools, higher education, prisons and other state needs would be cut under a budget proposal released Monday by House Speaker Jeremy Gillam in anticipation of a possible legislative failure to reauthorize funding of the state's expanded Medicaid program in the coming fiscal session.



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BOLTAR says... April 12, 2016 at 7:15 a.m.

We can remember just a few months ago when a Repub legislator tried to lay the blame off on DHS for his endangerment of his adoptive children, and the Governor and his cronies responded with a big production about beefing up foster care. Lower-level employees lost their jobs, but the reprehensible politician and his clan managed to divert much of the responsibility. That little kerfluffle has died out now, so the next phase of the plan is to cut foster care even further than it was. This series of events reveals the lack of sincerity in the previous expressions of Repub concern for these children. The main Repub concerns here are shaming the poor and serving the wealthy.

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hah406 says... April 12, 2016 at 8:21 a.m.

Note to Senators Clark and King: This isn't a bluff or a scare. This is real, and it will do nothing but hurt the people of Arkansas if you don't fund this. It won't change anything in Washington, and the money that could have been spent here will instead go to another state where the legislators seem to have both more common sense and compassion than you do.

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hogfan2012 says... April 12, 2016 at 8:49 a.m.

More than half of this could be made up by curtailing the GIF Grants that the House and Senate get every year. Last year, every Senator got $1.2 million each to award to the causes of their choice and every Representative got $400,000+. I sit on the Board of one of the benefactors of last years funds and it was greatly appreciated, but these men and women can't say that there is no where to get funds for this program.

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PM1118 says... April 12, 2016 at 9:17 a.m.

Cutting benefits to the elderly, disabled, children, and education.......true Arkansas Republican values?

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Goad says... April 12, 2016 at 9:23 a.m.

Take the money. You take federal highway funds, farm supplements etc. stop taking those funds and take health funds. Health more important than highways. Don't leave our tax $ in DC for congress to waste. Better to take our money back. It's our money.

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nrb says... April 12, 2016 at 9:48 a.m.

You are cutting off your noses to spite your face! I am ashamed of how callous our Governor is. along with his followers. Be sure to give yourselves another raise! The Arkansas Republican party is a selfish, judgmental group of people who will one day have to answer for what they have done.

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Elector says... April 12, 2016 at 10:12 a.m.

Now the good governor gave a tax break to anyone making $10 million or more a year in capital gains profits (no tax now at all), but he doesn't have the money to fix roads or prisons or schools? The GOP legislature got over a 150% raise in salaries. But no money for roads, prisons or schools. They rant that they want less control from Washington but they want more money. Arkansas gets more from the federal government than Arkansas pays to the federal government. We are a taker, not a giver. When it is said that it's our money, NO IT"S NOT, it's money from other states!

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3WorldState1 says... April 12, 2016 at 10:38 a.m.

Arkansas and Mississippi continue to fight for supremacy.

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wonbigholiday says... April 12, 2016 at 12:02 p.m.

Accept the federal money and embrace health reform already, Arkansas! FoCUS

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Whippersnapper says... April 12, 2016 at 12:03 p.m.

So, if you read the article, the "doomsday" includes things like a smaller increase than originally planned (an increase of $9.5 million instead of the increase of $20 million that folks wanted). This is scare tactics at its worst, and as others have pointed out, the $100 million "hole" could be fixed with the surpluses that they prefer to allocate to pet projects. Why is it that the legislators promised there would be a straight up or down vote on funding Medicaid expansion in the fiscal session and now they have changed their minds and are insisting on tying it to the entire DHS budget? Oh yeah, because the folks pushing the PO are liars.

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