John C. Scott
J.C. Scott: State House maneuvering over Medicaid expansion
On Wednesday's edition:
We started the show with a look at the state Legislature, with Arizona Capitol Times reporter Hank Stephenson, who brought our listeners up to date on the Medicaid expansion negotiations. The budget has been assigned to the Appropriations Committee where Medicaid expansion is expected to be stripped from the bill. It will then be sent to the floor where Medicaid is expected to be amended back into the budget, he said.
20 minutes into the show, we were joined by Dave Sitton, University of Arizona rugby coach, Tucson Pops orchestra chairman and former Republican congressional aspirant. Sitton shared his pride in his rugby team reaching the National Sevens semi-finals. He invited listeners to this year's final performance of the Tucson Pops orchestra, June 9 at the DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center in Reid Park. Sitton commented on the city's failed negotiations with Grand Canyon University to purchase El Rio Golf Course, and contended that the city did not include Davis Monthan Air Force Base in its development plan.
38 min: We interviewed Democratic state Rep. Bruce Wheeler, who expressed with House Speaker Andy Tobin for allowing the Medicaid expansion bill to move to committee. He expects the budget to go to the full House and be voted on in the next 10 days.
52 min: We talked with TUSD Boardmember Mark Stegeman, who gave his take on the search for a new superintendent, graduation requirements, cultural studies, school closures and curriculum development.
77 min: We were joined by financial advisor Shelly Fishman, and Stegeman — also a UA Economics professor — stayed with us. The pair talked about the present state of the economy and some speculation on the future.
91 min: We finished the show with Ward 2 Tucson City Councilman Paul Cunningham, who talked about Grand Canyon University and El Rio, city employee raises and the common sense approach that is needed in city budget projections.