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Paul Davis

On Establishing a Sensible Budget
By Sen. Paul Davis
Mar 15, 2004 - 10:03:00 PM

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Today's public hearing of Governor Baldacci's supplemental budget showed the public's strong disapproval of this administration and their spending priorities.

Republican lawmakers reject the Governor and Democrats' strategy of yanking critical services from the most needy while further expanding Medicaid to more people.

In their quest to give Medicaid cards to as many Mainers as possible, the Baldacci administration is making Medicaid benefits meaningless.

The Governor is set to expand Medicaid in less than four months to up to 78,000 more adults. Before we expand Medicaid to adults in a family of four earning up to $37,000 per year - almost three times the minimum wage for a full-time worker - we need to ensure Maine Medicaid provides critical services to the most needy.

The Governor may be willing to tell my constituent Scott that despite his accident and brain injury that the State must save $4.5 million and will not pay for the rehab that has allowed him to walk again, but I am not.  I will not allowed hundreds of Mainers with brain injuries to suffer this cut, while the Governor hordes a $53 million pot of money for his Dirigo Health. It is unconscionable.

If the Governor wants to pass this horrible budget, he can try to do it without Republican support.

One can only imagine what the Governor Baldacci has in store when he attempts to deal with next biennium's $1 Billion shortfall.

It is time to get DHS and Medicaid in order and stop trying to be all things to all people. It is time to provide a true health support safety net to our most needy and stop trying to put the middle class on Medicaid.

Senator Paul Davis (R-Sangerville) is the Republican Leader in the Maine Senate.

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