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Bozita Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 02:39 PM
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Medicaid tab saps Michigan (a quarter of state's general fund)
five related stories; this one's the front page headline:

http://www.detnews.com/2004/specialreport/0404/18/a01-1...

Medicaid tab saps Michigan

By Mark Hornbeck, and Charlie Cain / Detroit News Lansing Bureau


LANSING Michigan has begun to dramatically cut critical watchdog services ranging from child care and adult foster care licensing to food inspections and liquor control to cope with a growing financial monster: Medicaid, the states massive health care insurance plan for 1.35 million poor people.

Even as Michigans tax revenues fell the past four years, Medicaid caseloads shot up 27 percent and costs spiraled up 40 percent. The state now spends a quarter of its general fund on Medicaid coverage and more than $7 billion annually overall.

Virtually all other state programs are under increasing pressure. Spending for higher education is down 14 percent since 2002, resulting in comparable tuition hikes. Payments to local governments have been slashed by 15 percent since 2001, leading to layoffs of police, shorter library hours, fewer road projects and reductions in numerous other municipal services.

A Detroit News examination of employment records shows state staff cuts have hampered oversight and regulation of child care and adult foster care licensing, food inspection, state park management and other key programs and services.

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NMDemDist2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 02:41 PM
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1. Tax cuts are GOOD for the economy--- did you forget?
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Bozita Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 02:44 PM
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3. Didya see the graphs? Damning for the Bushies
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PROGRESSIVE1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 02:44 PM
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2. I can't see * winning Michigan now!
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