It’s not altogether a surprise, but the House apparently isn’t biting on Sonny Perdue’s 1.6 percent tax – fee, whatever – on hospital beds, which the governor said is needed to balance out Medicaid increases.
Speaker Ralston said he’s asked House Appropriations Chairman Ben Harbin to “make cuts anticipating that that (tax) will not be in the budget.”
He said the cuts will likely be throughout the budget, not simply within the medical portion of the budget where the tax would send revenue, but he wasn’t specific. Their hands are tied in someways. When the state accepted federal stimulus funds, it agreed not to cut Medicaid funding.
He re-iterated a common refrain for Republicans looking to balance the budget without new taxes: “There’s a lot of concern, and I share that concern … that any kind of (new) tax in this environment is counter productive.”
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