The Michigan Legislature is getting closer to approving a state spending plan.
On Wednesday, the state Senate passed a education funding bill. And after lawmakers come back from the Mackinac Policy Conference, a broader budget is slated to pass next week.
But so far, debate on proposed appropriations have been mostly divided on party lines.
One issue on the partisan divide: Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act.
The federal healthcare law called for broadening health insurance coverage to low-income adults — including some 400,000 in Michigan.
Out of 30 Republican governors, only six supported the expansion. Gov. Rick Snyder was one of them.
"Expansion will create more access to primary care providers, reduce the burden on hospitals and small businesses, and save precious tax dollars,” Snyder said in a press release in February. "This makes sense for the physical and fiscal health of Michigan."
But federal funding for the expansion of Medicaid has been left out of the Republican-supported budget, running counter to Snyder’s recommendation.