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Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst says the Senate has no plans to expand Medicaid to insure more people.

The Obama Administration has offered states funding for Medicaid expansion. Dewhurst said he opposes this measure.

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If Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst have their way hundreds of thousands of Texans would have to pass drug tests to get public assistance.

Dallas, TX – Priority one for state lawmakers meeting in Austin next week is to plug a $25 billion budget shortfall. Just how big is that? Well, if you shut down all the prisons, laid off every state trooper, eliminated every service except public education, higher education and health care, you still wouldn't cut $25 billion.

Governor Rick Perry and others have suggested Texas drop out of Medicaid, the federal-state health program for low income children, elderly and the disabled. It's Texas's fastest growing expense.