Make a leap of faith or cut now? Adams and Marzian debate quandry for lawmakers

03/11/2011 06:25 PM

Two lawmakers who voted for the initial Medicaid budget plan that passed the House underscored the difficulty legislators will have next week hammering out a compromise over fixing the Medicaid budget.

House Republicans, who have said they don’t want to cut education, are becoming increasingly skeptical of the administration of Gov. Steve Beshear to implement enough efficiencies next year, said Rep. Julie Raque Adams, R-Louisville, on Friday’s edition of Pure Politics.

The original budget fix as proposed by Beshear and passed by the House would call for moving money from the 2012 budget and making it up that year through efficiencies.

“I, for one, don’t feel as if my constituents sent me to Frankfort to keep my fingers crossed and hope that it’s OK,” said Adams, who initially voted for the House Democrats’ version of the Medicaid fix. “I’d like to see something that’s outlined, and if we don’t see something that’s outlined, we’re going to have to look at some cuts.”

But she added that “education is probably going to be off the table” from cuts.

Senate Republicans have proposed broad cuts that include trimming education in 2012.

Meanwhile, many House Democrats aren’t just opposed to cuts in education but other government services such as to meals on wheels, school health care centers and programs for children with special health needs, said Democratic Rep. Mary Lou Marzian, D-Louisville.

“I’m not ready to say, ‘Let’s cut.’ I’m ready to say let’s look at efficiencies, let’s look at managed care,” Marzian added.

Marzian and Adams also discussed the regular session that ended with a few highlights but also with plenty of partisan undertones.

- Ryan Alessi


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