News about state revenues was better than expected last week but new District 4 State Representative David Butterfield says balancing the budget is still going to be extremely challenging. Butterfield told those attending the Cache County Republican Party’s Lincoln Day Dinner Friday that funding education and its growth is a big part of what lawmakers do. Butterfield said House Republicans are looking for money through developing energy resources and also through Medicaid reform. “It’s about 18 percent of our budget,” Butterfield said of Medicaid expenses. “Ten years or so ago it was about half of that. “It’s projected that in about 10 or 12 years Medicaid spending, if nothing changes, is projected to be about 36 percent of our budget. That is not sustainable.” Butterfield says anyone who is an education advocate ought to also be a public land usage advocate and a Medicaid reform advocate because those things could cripple the ability to adequately fund education.
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