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Michigan State Senate leaves Lansing without a vote on proposed Medicaid

On the outside, looking into the Michigan State Senate.
Michigan Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, R-Monroe, addresses members of the media during a press conference with Gov. Rick Snyder and legislative colleagues announcing an agreement on spending targets for the FY 2012 state budget.  Photo courtesy of senate.michigan.gov.
Rick Snyder
On the outside, looking into the Michigan State Senate.

LANSING, MI (WTVB) - The Michigan Legislature has adjourned for its summer break without the state Senate taking up a measure to expand Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act.  Governor Rick Snyder cut short his trade mission to Israel yesterday and unsuccessfully lobbied fellow Republicans to bring the issue to the floor.  Snyder's administration estimates that 470,000 residents whose incomes are near the poverty level would benefit, but he says there is not much time to waste.

The Governor told a news conference Thursday that there needs to be movement in the next 15 to 30 days for a good shot at success. He urged the Senate to take a vote, not a vacation. The bill cleared the state House last week, but only received 28 out of 58 votes from the Republicans who control that chamber. Republican State Representative Ken Kurtz of Coldwater cast a no vote on the measure.