Sen. Steve Ogden, the Bryan Republican who’s the Senate’s chief budget writer, said Thursday that money collected from a fee on electricity bills should possibly be used to draw down more federal matching money, perhaps in the state-federal Medicaid health insurance program for the poor, elderly and disabled.
The state budget passed by the House runs about $6 billion short of current funding, if you count loss of temporarily higher federal match money, recommended provider fee cuts and failure to add money for inflation and growth in use of services and enrollment. The budget shaping up in the Senate also shorts Medicaid, but not as much.
Is a policy analyst consultant for TCAP, a coalition of political subdivisions in Texas that purchase electricity in the deregulated market for their own governmental use. Because energy costs are typically a significant budget item to our members, TCAP is consistently looking for ways to save our members money, through cost-saving contracts, energy efficiency or demand response programs.