This component of the RI House budget plan is nuts:
he plan also includes funding for 100 of 400 slots slated to be eliminated from the early childhood education program, Head Start. In addition, the budget restores health care coverage for all but 1,000 of more than 7,000 adults slated to lose coverage under a plan released by Governor Carcieri earlier in the year. …
… it generates $5.6 million in new revenue by increasing the health insurer tax on medical premiums from 1.1 percent to 1.4 percent. Costantino said he hoped the increase wouldn’t be passed on to health care consumers, although that’s what happened when the tax was expanded last year. The tax, previously only applied to health insurers, would now apply to Delta Dental as well.
So the budget will continue to pay for the healthcare of a few thousand adults who can’t afford it, but it most definitely increase the price paid by everybody else. It would seem that the state’s budget is not constructed with much by way of strategy — instead by picking and choosing various numbers to call the result “balanced.”