Democratic gubernatorial candidate Joe Lowe said this week that a central theme of his campaign against Gov. Dennis Daugaard would be the governor’s refusal to expand Medicaid.
Lowe called Daugaard’s rejection of federal funds to expand Medicaid “mean-spirited and short-sighted.”
If South Dakota were to join other states in expanding Medicaid coverage to individuals and families that earn up to 138 percent of the poverty line -- about $15,451 per individual or $31,809 for a family of four -- the state would have 100 percent of the expansion paid by the federal government through 2016 and 90 percent by 2020.
When Lowe met with the Journal editorial board recently, he pointed out that much of the state’s $4.3 billion budget for 2015 comes from federal funds. It’s ridiculous to refuse federal Medicaid money and accept federal funds for so many other budget items, he said.
Joe Lowe made his name on the lines of South Dakota’s wildfires. Now the emergency management specialist is hoping citizens will know him as something else: South Dakota’s governor.
Lowe, who was South Dakota’s director of Wildland Fire Suppression from 2001 to 2012, has announced that he will run for governor next year as a Democrat.
“We’re last in teacher pay in the United States ... we’re near the bottom on wages paid to people,” said Lowe, 68, who runs an art gallery in Rapid City and leads an emergency management consulting firm. “If we’re last in a lot of categories in the state, it shows us the things we’re doing aren’t working and we need to make a change. I think the state is ready for a change.”
PIEDMONT, SD - The race for South Dakota governor is heating up as another candidate throws his name in the hat.
Former South Dakota Wildland Fire Division Director Joe Lowe has declared he will run as a Democratic candidate. Lowe says in a press release he's "running because I think our state and country have forgotten who we work for. We work for you, the people of South Dakota. Not special interest groups."
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