Governor Bob Holden wraps up the regular session of this year’s legislature with some parting shots at Republicans and the budget they’ve handed him, but he does promise to sign it. Holden says the Republicans didn’t do as much damage as they set out to do at the beginning of the session in January. Regarding the health care portion of the budget, he says he got support statewide to minimize the cuts Republicans wanted to make to the state Medicaid system. In the end, just more than 300 people were cut from Medicaid at an estimated savings of about $150,000. Holden calls that just a politically symbolic gesture by the Republicans. Holden is also not completely happy about the education budget. He says while lawmakers did not cut, they fell short of fully funding the foundation formula by $610-Million – an issue he predicts will be decided in the courts.
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