“This is my last stand,” said Beaufort’s Tom Davis, as he introduced the last of his eight amendments to the state budget. He attempted each time to divert or offset the increase in bottom line in the state’s new spending plan.
In the past few weeks, Davis helped delay the final budget by filibustering against what he calls the fourth-largest General Fund increase in 60 years. Tuesday, he offered a plan to deflate a 33 percent hike in funding for the state’s Medicaid agency, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). He wanted to move $100 million out of HHS and put it into a “contingency reserve fund.”
The Budget and Control Board this year has allowed HHS to operate with a $200 million deficit. Senate President Pro Tempore Glenn McConnell joined Davis in his complaint:
Sen. Thomas Alexander, the chairman of the budget panel overseeing the Department of Health and Human Services, opposed the Davis plan.
Davis’s was the 218th amendment in what has become a five-week budget debate in the Senate.