From Access North GA:

Lt. Governor Casey Cagle says Georgia is hoping Congress will soon authorize needed dollars for Medicaid assistance. Cagle spoke at Tuesday’s Gainesville Kiwanis Club meeting.

…Georgia is counting on the money to help balance the $17.7 billion state budget that Gov. Sonny Perdue signed into law earlier this month…“If it does not come through it will be a significant hit to the state budget, about $400-million,” Cagle said.

Meanwhile, Georgia Senator Johnny Isakson in the AJC:

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) is among those who oppose providing the extra money for Medicaid unless Congress pays for it.

“You just can’t spend people’s money into oblivion, ” said Isakson, who faces re-election this fall.

Just to be clear- Senate Republicans have blocked the additional funding. It eliminates $350 million that Georgia is counting on to balance the books, and threatens an additional $700+ million in additional federal funds. Johnny Isakson’s vote against the Medicaid money could translate into a $1 billion shortfall for the budget year.

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