Today, Senate Democrats struck down a seemingly bipartisan bill sponsored by Senator David Balmer (R-Centennial) that would have prevented any K-12 education funding from being used to fund the expansion of Medicaid.
“Governing is about choices and we need to make sure K-12 education funding always come first,’” Balmer said. “This bill would have assured that K-12 education remains our top priority.”
The bill, which was developed after meetings with parents and teachers, is titled the No Reduction in K-12 Education to Expand Medicaid. It would prohibit reducing funding to public and charter schools to finance the Governor’s decision to expand Medicaid to a newly eligible class of Coloradoans beginning in fiscal year 2014. Whenever the General Assembly expends state moneys that reduce the state’s share of total program funding for schools, funding for the newly announced Medicaid expansion would be prohibited.
“This bill would have protected our education dollars and made sure not one dime is taken from K-12 to fund the new expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare,” Balmer added. “Making sure that we adequately fund kindergarten through twelfth grade public education is critical to our children and Colorado’s quality of life.”