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Medicaid Pushes Budget into Red

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HARTFORD — Comptroller Kevin Lembo reported September 4 that the state ended fiscal 2012 with a $143.6 million deficit, which was driven in there by a 7.6-percent increase in Medicaid spending.

The deficit has been eliminated using budget reserves from prior years, Lembo said.

In a letter to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, Lembo reported that General Fund revenue for fiscal 2012 grew 4.8 percent generic ambien $854.2 million. That growth fell $227 million short of the original budget target.

Meanwhile, Lembo said spending in fiscal 2012 was up $936.9 million or 5.2 percent over the prior year.

The largest component of the increase was from the Department of Social Services (DSS), whose valium no prescription caseload grew by 52 percent. That led order tramadol a 7.6 percent, or $409.4 million, increase in spending on the health insurance program for the poor.

Additional spending increases resulted from contributions to teachers' retirement, up $210.2 million; debt service payments; and funding for the state employees' retirement.