Warning: trigger_error() [function.trigger-error]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EST/-5.0/no DST' instead in /home/firedup/public_html/includes/database.mysql.inc on line 135

Warning: Table './firedup_firedup/cache_page' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: SELECT data, created, headers, expire, serialized FROM cache_page WHERE cid = 'http://firedupmissouri.com/category/topics/house-budget' in /home/firedup/public_html/includes/database.mysql.inc on line 135

Warning: header() [function.header]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EST/-5.0/no DST' instead in /home/firedup/public_html/includes/bootstrap.inc on line 729

Warning: Cannot modify header information - headers already sent by (output started at /home/firedup/public_html/includes/database.mysql.inc:135) in /home/firedup/public_html/includes/bootstrap.inc on line 729

Warning: header() [function.header]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EST/-5.0/no DST' instead in /home/firedup/public_html/includes/bootstrap.inc on line 730

Warning: Cannot modify header information - headers already sent by (output started at /home/firedup/public_html/includes/database.mysql.inc:135) in /home/firedup/public_html/includes/bootstrap.inc on line 730

Warning: header() [function.header]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EST/-5.0/no DST' instead in /home/firedup/public_html/includes/bootstrap.inc on line 731

Warning: Cannot modify header information - headers already sent by (output started at /home/firedup/public_html/includes/database.mysql.inc:135) in /home/firedup/public_html/includes/bootstrap.inc on line 731

Warning: header() [function.header]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EST/-5.0/no DST' instead in /home/firedup/public_html/includes/bootstrap.inc on line 732

Warning: Cannot modify header information - headers already sent by (output started at /home/firedup/public_html/includes/database.mysql.inc:135) in /home/firedup/public_html/includes/bootstrap.inc on line 732
House Budget | Fired Up! Missouri
warning: Cannot modify header information - headers already sent by (output started at /home/firedup/public_html/includes/database.mysql.inc:135) in /home/firedup/public_html/includes/common.inc on line 153.

House Budget

The Star's Editorial Board is not impressed with hometown House Budget Chair, Ryan Silvey

So it has come to this: Even the blind aren’t safe from Missouri Republicans’ survival-of-the-fittest budget philosophy.

The House recommended cutting $28 million in health care benefits for 2,800 blind Missourians in the $24 billion budget it sent to the Senate for consideration.

The justifications for doing so were callous and false. The health care program helps blind people who make too much to qualify for Medicaid. Lawmakers implied that at least some of the recipients might be freeloading on the state’s tab.

But Missouri’s Medicaid qualification threshold for a blind or disabled person who lives alone is only $9,495 a year. Most blind persons don’t have great-paying jobs with health insurance. Many have expensive, chronic health problems like diabetes. Their chances of finding affordable policies in the individual insurance market as it now exists are practically nil.

All but seven House Republicans approved the flawed budget bill, framing the cut to the blind as a necessary measure to avoid shortchanging colleges and universities.

We don’t like cuts to higher education, either. But, as Kansas City Democrat Mike Talboy, the House minority leader, put it: “If the state has to take away medical care from blind people to pay for its colleges and universities, it is well past time to start looking for new sources of revenue.”

Amen. Cigarette tax increase, anybody?

Read More »
Syndicate content

 

 

Copyright 2005-2013, Fired Up!, LLC