Lawmakers Return Tuesday to Continue Working on 2014 Budget

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Great Lakes Radio News UpdateMARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News)State lawmakers return from their Easter break on Tuesday, and increasingly the 2014 budget is looming overhead with unanswered questions.

The Republican-controlled State House right now is considering a budget that spends $145 million more than what the governor recommended. Part of that discrepancy is because it assumes the federally funded Medical expansion program, which is being pushed heavily by the Governor, will not be approved.

Conservative Republicans don’t support the expansion, which is part of the Affordable Care Act. The Governor says that the expansion is a good idea because it solves medical care problems involving the uninsured, and the Medicaid proposal will save the state more than $200 million, according to officials.

The idea is being held up in part by those who say it’s part of “Obamacare,” so as a result they’re opposed to it.

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