Brownback faces questions on Medicaid stance

From the Associated Press

TOPEKA — U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback faced new questions about joining fellow congressional Republicans in opposing federal legislation that would prop up state budgets, as he campaigned  for Kansas governor Thursday.

Brownback said he was opposing a plan that included extra Medicaid dollars for states because it wasn’t drafted in a fiscally responsible way. Kansas’ share $131 million, and its current $13.7  billion budget won’t balance without the money, which covers health care for the poor and disabled.

The legislation is expected to pass next week over congressional Republicans’ objections that it could force higher taxes or add to the federal government’s debt. In Kansas, the Democrats’ nominee for governor, state Sen. Tom Holland, of Baldwin City, sees Brownback’s stance as damaging to the state he hopes to lead.