Update: House Minority Leader Tom Cross says he now believes that the cigarette tax hike will pass.
Illinois lawmakers Thursday agreed to fulfill one request by Governor Pat Quinn to help fix medicaid. The Illinois house voted to cut $1.6 billion from Medicaid, putting thousands of Illinois poor in jeopardy of losing health coverage, scores of seniors at risk of losing drug discounts in favor of fiscal recovery and a host of adults who depend on Medicaid for dental care on notice.
Now the big question is: will the legislators give Gov. Pat Quinn the rest of what he wants?
The big IF is a hike in the cigarette tax hike. The governor is looking for a $1-a-pack increase to help close a $2.7 billion dollar gap in Medicaid funding.