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Doyle makes hospital tax pitch, rumblings it may die

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Gov. Jim Doyle made another pitch Monday for his proposed hospital tax - amid growing talk that state Assembly Republicans will succeed in killing it.

The new tax is part of a plan by Democrats to put the state budget back into balance, amid lower tax revenues caused by the economic slowdown.

Hospitals would get an extra $450 million in federal Medicaid funds since the state would spend more to treat Medicaid patients.

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