The Doubleheader: Medicaid Shortfalls, Public Unions and Spring Training

BY Hari Sreenivasan  February 18, 2011 at 7:54 PM EST

It’s always a pleasure to have the boys of spring and summer — syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks — back in action together. In this week’s Doubleheader, we discuss the massive jump states face in Medicaid expenditures. As Mark points out, states can’t just go to China for a bailout. Another budget-related item in our discussion on the sport of politics section was the tensions in Madison, Wis., over collective-bargaining rights and public-sector unions, and how it may portend a larger trend.

In our equally important politics of sport section, we tackle the beginning of spring training in baseball and where the allegiances lie for our prognosticators.

Video edited by Quinn Bowman