This is a smart move. Federal funds brought into a state always inflate state budgets. Then, when the federal funds disappear, the taxpayers in the state are almost always asked to foot the bill for replacing the funding.
With the federal government running huge deficits and staring down the barrel of necessary spending cuts, it would be nothing short of irresponsible for Montana legislators to accept this funding.
HELENA – Gov. Brian Schweitzer on Wednesday urged lawmakers to reverse course on voting against $35 million in federal funding to be used by the state’s hospitals, saying the move could improve electronic health records technology throughout Montana.
The governor told a group of several dozen health care professionals attending the news conference that the legislature’s move was “short-sighted.”
“I’m as tight as a tick … but in this case it’s money well spent,” he said, adding approval would also keep as many as 504 jobs.
With the federal government going bankrupt, it behooves the states to extricate themselves from dependence on federal funds rather than making themselves more dependent.