Florida Prepares for Government Shutdown Over Medicaid Expansion Disagreement

Gov. Rick Scott told agency heads to prepare for the worst Thursday, asking them to list only the state's most critical needs in the event the Legislature can't reach an agreement on a budget that doesn't expand healthcare to the poor.

Gov. Rick Scott told agency heads to prepare for the worst Thursday, asking them to list only the state's most critical needs in the event the Legislature can't reach an agreement on a budget that doesn't expand healthcare to the poor.

Mr Scott sent the letter to agency heads the day after lawmakers said they were making progress on a budget impasse that they'll seek to resolve in a special session beginning June 1.

"Prepare a list of critical state services our citizens cannot lose in the event Florida is forced to shut down on July 1st," Mr Scott wrote.

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