Friday, June 15, 2012

First Slice 6/15/12: Medicaid needs more money, pronto

Posted By on Fri, Jun 15, 2012 at 8:49 AM

1. Georgia's Medicaid program faces a $300 million shortfall during the next fiscal year. In the short-term, they'll have to fill a $90 million budget hole. Why'd that happen?

That accumulated in large part because the state legislature did not allocate funds for the final month of payments to three for-profit companies that manage care for primarily low-income kids and moms in Medicaid

State lawmakers will address the funding woes as they always do: by cutting other public programs but keeping tax exemptions for well-lobbied businesses. Or by passing relevant legislation, such as a bill that permits 10-year-old children to use silencers. Or outlaws birthday party magicians.

2. Atlanta Police officers fired after the controversial Atlanta Eagle raid are back on the force. Well, with the Clayton County Sheriff's Department, that is.

3. The increasingly clownish government of Peachtree City keeps bringing the laughs. Peachtree City Council recently voted to cut the mayor's monthly pay to $75, from $750, after taxpayers paid to defend him in a libel suit. The mayor might now sue the city or resign.

4. Our good friends at Curbed Atlanta have a solid round-up of the debate thus far surrounding the fate of the Crum and Forster building in Midtown.

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