Hillyard running again, Medicaid is a top issue

He’s currently the longest-serving member of the Utah State Legislature, at 32 years, and State Senator Lyle Hillyard, R-Logan, is running for another 4-year term. The campaign should not be difficult because Hillyard has no challenger in his bid for re-election.

As co-chair of the powerful Executive Appropriations Committee, Hillyard is often referred to as the “money man.”

On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Wednesday, the senator said there is a $47 million revenue budget surplus. However, he said there are plenty of places for the money to go and one is Medicaid where the amount is still uncertain.

“But as we look at it right now the Medicaid increase, that’s both in the expansion of who’s eligible and the expansion of benefits and cost of those benefits-that we have no control over, that if we don’t fund the programs that are mandatory we lose all of our Medicaid funding,” Hillyard said. “Some people say ‘good let’s get rid of it,’ but when you look at the tremendous amount of money that brings in the state, the programs, that’s a tough choice.”

Hillyard said funding the growth in public and higher education will also be a challenge.

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