Budget Passes Early Vote in Legislature

Budget Passes Early Vote in Legislature
World-Herald News Service

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A proposal to balance Nebraska’s finances for the five months left in the current fiscal year is moving forward.

Senators voted Friday following a week of debate to advance a bill that would impose across-the-board cuts, withdraw from various cash funds and take unspent money back from departments.

Gov. Pete Ricketts proposed the cuts, and Sen. John Stinner of Gering, the Appropriations Committee chairman, says his committee carefully reviewed them.

Sen. Paul Schumacher of Columbus says the lengthy debate will help lay groundwork for future budgets and lawmakers. Senators advanced the bill on a 46-1 vote despite arguing over specific cuts and the way money was allocated to state agencies earlier in the fiscal year. Two more votes are required.

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