Members of the House and Senate sent their $8 billion budget plan to the governor Thursday — after fending off an attempted challenge by some Republicans unhappy it included non-abortion funding for Planned Parenthood.
The House had included language in its amended budget earlier this year that could strike out a state Medicaid match for family planning dollars towards Planned Parenthood. However, Senate President pro tempore Hugh Leatherman refused to go along with the idea. Angry social conservatives tried to send their members back to the negotiating table Thursday.
“(Those) that coach baseball know what you do when you’ve got two strikes,” State Rep. John McCravy, R-Greenwood, said. “You protect the plate and you go down swinging, if you go down.” [Read more…]