by Mike Ferguson
(St. Charles, MO) – The 2015 Missouri Legislative Session is just days away and, in some ways, the issues will sound familiar because they’ve been debated before.
In other ways, there will be new debates.
Among the issues making a return to the attention of lawmakers is the push to expand Medicaid in the state. The Missouri Budget Project’s Jay Hardenbrook says he hopes to see a compromise bill passed after the idea has been rejected in past Legislative Sessions.
That plan involved the federal government picking up the tab for expansion for three years and then covering most of the cost after that. Republican leaders have already indicated the proposal is unlikely to pass this year.
State Rep. Paul Curtman (R) is among those who are not in favor of expansion but says more of those who need some kind of help could get it through increased efforts to root out fraud and waste. To him, it’s a matter of not expanding government reach into healthcare.
Tax policy and transportation/infrastructure funding are among the issues discussed on “Missouri Viewpoints” this week – before they are discussed in the state Capitol.
On the web:
Missouri Budget Project: www.MOBudget.org
Rep. Paul Curtman: www.paulcurtman.com/