Wednesday, March 22
Maine has left $2 billion in federal funds on the table over past five years
Manie Public Broadcating - Maine has left nearly $2 billion of federal funds on the table over the past five years, according to a progressive think tank, which attributes half of that amount to a decision to not expand Medicaid. The Maine Center for Economic Policy says it undertook the study to bring together scattered reports about grants not sought and available funds not accessed by the state. Center Director Garrett Martin says that in addition to the loss of Medicaid expansion funds under the Affordable Care Act, the state missed out on matching highway funds estimated at $196 million. Martin says both of those programs would have required state funds to be spent to access federal funding.