DENVER (AP) — Gov. John Hickenlooper on Thursday dismissed a Republican idea to explore waivers from Medicaid spending to alleviate budget pressures, saying it’s a requirement Colorado can’t get out of.

Medicaid will account for nearly 82 percent of the increase in the state’s general fund spending, as cuts to education and public colleges continue next year. Republicans have suggested that the state should explore the possibility of getting waivers from the fedral government that will allow Colorado to spend less on Medicaid.

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