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Brewer: Senate budget means end is near (access required)

Gov. Jan Brewer speaks to reporters May 14 in the Capitol press room about the state budget and Medicaid expansion. (Photo by Jim Small/Arizona Capitol Times.)

Gov. Jan Brewer said the budget introduced today by Senate President Andy Biggs is fairly close to her own and that she has few problems with the proposal, except for one major exception – it doesn’t include the expansion of Arizona’s Medicaid program.

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Doing the Medicaid math (access required)

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Do the math.

Those three words essentially sum up Gov. Jan Brewer’s core argument in favor of expanding the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, the state’s Medicaid program. She repeats them at every press event, every interview and every plea for support.

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Prop. 108 loophole popular during budget crisis (access required)

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Critics of Gov. Jan Brewer’s Medicaid expansion proposal may not like the way she plans to give massive fee-raising authority to her AHCCCS director, but many of those same lawmakers made heavy use of the same technique on a smaller scale during the depths of Arizona’s budget crisis.

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