Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Arizona Legislature Expected To Pass Budget Along With Medicaid Expansion

Arizona-FlagThe Arizona Legislature is poised to pass a state budget and proposed Medicaid expansion that has divided the state's Republican leadership.  Lawmakers expect to hold a final vote on the budget in the GOP-led Senate and House this morning. 

Yuma Senator Don Shooter voted against the bill.  He told KSWT-TV that to give 300,000 people medical insurance at this point will not bring the long term jobs that the governor has promised. 

A newly formed coalition of Democrats and GOP moderates is behind the legislation.  The Senate advanced the proposals with little debate Wednesday evening. The House was expected to wrap up its floor session late Wednesday. 

Conservatives proposed more than 50 amendments but did not have the votes to stop the Medicaid expansion or the budget deal.

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