Governor Kim Reynolds laid out her agenda for the 2018 legislative session this week, presenting a set of lofty goals that hit on topics that typically have bipartisan support. But as Joe Biden often said, “show me you budget and I’ll show you your priorities.” So, let’s take a look at the budget for Fiscal Year 2019 that Reynolds released after her speech and see how it lines up with her words.
Overall, Reynolds’ budget is a $196 million increase over the revised 2018 budget, though it doesn’t appear to account for potential tax cuts that Republicans are intent on making. The biggest increase in spending is an additional $65.1 million to the state’s beleaguered Medicaid system.
“We must also continue to provide compassionate mental health care … We’ve invested $2 billion in mental health services. And in 2016 we invested $4 million in a new psychiatric medical residency program to recruit and retain more psychiatrists. But we must do more, and I know we can.”