After a few hours of “debate” the Senate just voted down the Republican version of the budget 15-21. It was no big surprise since it mainly consisted of cuts and borrowing. In health services, the Republican version made an additional $43.2 million in cuts beyond the governor’s $830 million cuts to health care services.
The zinger, though, in the Republican cuts is $30.3 million for family planning services, such as contraceptive care, counseling cancer and STD screening and annual exams. That cut would have resulted in $272.7 million in lost federal dollars (The federal government gives $9 for every $1 the state spends on certain family planning services.)
Should a Republican budget be enacted (thankfully not) it would result in a loss of more than $1.7 billion in federal matching dollars — all dollars that would go to other states….
Not a smart investment.