Unveiling his spending plan for 2013, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert this week said Medicaid consumes 17.6 percent of the state's budget, hurting its ability to fund other critical services like education.
But this is only partially true.
Herbert's calculation is based on all government spending, including federal funds that Utah has little discretion over. Looking just at Utah tax revenue, Medicaid's share of the budget pie is much smaller: less than 8 percent of the General/Education Fund.