As the 100th General Assembly begins it's first week, it is important to pay particular attention to the activities that will begin with the Senate budget proposals. There are 13 bills that comprise the Senate budget and it is an all or nothing prospect. It will be important to watch how these bills transverse the Senate and watch the votes because once they reach the House there will be some issues that will be discussed and what happens then will be worth watching.
We have also earmarked several House and Senate bills that will be worth watching closely for our trade and also a couple of House resolutions.
Of interest is the 32 Pension bills that are out there in the House and Senate combined.
There is still a lot of legislation to be proposed as it really hasn't even taken off yet as it has in the past so stay tuned.
Couple this with the issues of non-Medicaid payment and now a possible slow down on payments by MCOs we have a perfect storm brewing. Not to mention the AFSCME situation where the union will be taking a strike vote in the next couple of weeks or so.