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No Medicaid fix; talks resume Tuesday morning

No Medicaid fix; talks resume Tuesday morning

by Joe Arnold

WHAS11.com

Posted on March 8, 2011 at 12:39 AM

The Courier-Journal's Tom Loftus reports on dueling compromise offers as Kentucky lawmakers attempt to reach an agreement on how to fill a $166 million gap in Medicaid funding:

Negotiations broke off about 7 p.m., and the two sides plan to resume talks Tuesday morning.

Senate President David Williams, R-Burkesville, made an offer Monday night that he said would cut funding for most state agencies by a bit less than 2 percent next year. The exception would be base school funding, which he said would be cut by less than 1 percent.

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“They're not any more acceptable,” (House Speaker Greg) Stumbo (D-Prestonsburg) said of the smaller cuts to education. “It's still a pretty big reduction in our school budgets, which are already strapped.”

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