This week we again received three very important numbers that will be the driving force behind the budget process.
The first number relates to our state Medicaid program. We are currently looking at a $250 million dollar deficit in Medicaid. This gap is due to increased enrollment, delays in getting state plan amendments through CMS and pending or current lawsuits over the cuts made in last years budget.
The second number is the over all budget deficit for the upcoming fiscal year of 2011-2012. Our state is currently looking at between a $1 to 1.5 billion dollar deficit in the current budget.
And last but not least, all appropriation subcommittee chairs have been asked to cut 5% from their budgets.