David Montgomery transcribes (!) and posts the list of 72 amendments being considered for the 2014 state budget (House Bill 1185). Among them are two amendments to expand Medicaid in accordance with the Affordable Care Act. The amendments from Rep. Bernie Hunhoff (D-19/Yankton) and Sen. Stanford Adelstein (R-32/Rapid City) differ only in that Sen. Adelstein calls for a trigger mechanism that would withdraw South Dakota from the Medicaid expansion if the feds renege on their funding.
But the dollar figures are the same: $1,499,492 in state money, $58,294,779 in federal money.
Spend a buck, get 39 bucks from Uncle Sam to do good for your people. Why is this such a hard deal to take?