Education Passes Medicaid in State Spending, NCSL Finds
Medicaid, which for several years was the fastest-growing line item in state budgets, has been supplanted by K-12 education, a recent report shows.
For the first time in six years, states have managed to slow the escalating costs of Medicaid, a mandated federal-state health-care program for the poor and people with disabilities, and concentrate on increasing funding for public schools, according to the report, issued this month by the National Conference of State Legislatures.
But economic experts attending the NCSL’s annual conference, held Aug. 15-18 in Nashville, Tenn., where the report was released, said the good times also come with...
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