Governor criticizes Medicaid, school funding she sought

Governor Linda Lingle
Governor Linda Lingle

HONOLULU (AP) - Gov. Linda Lingle is criticizing a new federal law that will direct $125 million to Hawaii for Medicaid and education programs -- even though she and other governors sought the money almost six months ago.

The Republican governor issued a statement on Tuesday that was critical of the Democrat-controlled Congress for passing the measure, saying it reduces neither the deficit nor state and federal government spending.

In February, Lingle and 41 other governors from both political parties signed a National Governors Association letter asking congressional leaders to provide the extra Medicaid funding through mid-2011 rather than allowing it to lapse on Dec. 31.

A Lingle spokesman did not immediately respond to a request from The Associated Press for comment.

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