— The state Department of Health Services says it needs
$760 million more over the next two-year state budget to
pay for current services in the Medicaid program.
estimate was included in the agency's budget request
submitted to Gov. Scott Walker's administration made
public Tuesday. The governor will submit a budget proposal
to the Legislature early next year.
is already projected to have a nearly $1.8 billion
shortfall heading into the next budget, without taking
into account new expenses like the additional request for
Medicaid or additional revenue growth.
administration released a memo Tuesday showing that tax
collections were $49 million stronger in July and August
than previously predicted.
collections were $281 million less than anticipated for
that fiscal year that ended in June.