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Gov. Ricketts is eager to get started on second legislative session (AUDIO)

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Gov. Pete Ricketts says he knows the players better and is more prepared for his second legislative session, which begins today. Ricketts understands his efforts to ease the property tax burden on Nebraskans are tempered by a projected $110 million shortfall in the state budget. “We’re going to have to really work within the confines […]

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Fiscal cloud hangs over upcoming legislative session (AUDIO)

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A new legislative session starts this week with a financial cloud hanging over it. Sen. Heath Mello of Omaha, Chairman of the Appropriations Committee, says a projected $110 million shortfall in the two-year $8.6 billion state budget will have a big impact on this short session. “I think it’s tempered everyone’s expectations within the legislature […]

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Events throughout state will help Nebraskans get health insurance (AUDIO)

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Events are scheduled throughout the state today to help Nebraskans get health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. Events are scheduled from Omaha to Scottsbluff; Norfolk to McCook in an effort to help Nebraskans get the health insurance that fits their budget and their need. It is called the Thankful for Health Coverage Day of […]

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Events throughout state will help Nebraskans get health insurance (AUDIO)

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Events are scheduled throughout the state today to help Nebraskans get health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. Events are scheduled from Omaha to Scottsbluff; Norfolk to McCook in an effort to help Nebraskans get the health insurance that fits their budget and their need. It is called the Thankful for Health Coverage Day of […]

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Sen. Sasse defends his vote against bill to fund government

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United States Sen. Ben Sasse defends his vote against a bill to fund the federal government, insisting all the “shut down the government” talk in Washington presents a false choice. Sasse, a Republican, calls the budget crisis a manufactured crisis. “In the last 37 years, only twice has the regular appropriations process actually been used; […]

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Omaha mayor submits 2016 budget proposal

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The mayor of Nebraska’s largest city turned over her 2016 budget proposal to the Omaha City Council Tuesday. Mayor Jean Stothert says her priority is public safety. Mayor Stothert says, “The brave men and women in blue who protect us everyday deserve a well equipped and well trained police force. We will goal of fully […]

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Alternatives to new VA Medical Center in Omaha

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A report by the Veterans Administration shows they do not have the resources to build a new Medical Center. Nebraska 2nd District Congressman Brad Ashford says he is tired of false promises and says our facilities are third or fourth class. He says due to budget restraints a replacement center is not likely until the […]

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Gov. Ricketts signs into law $8.6B state budget for next two years (AUDIO)

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No objections. No line-item vetoes. Gov. Pete Ricketts has signed into law the bills making up the $8.6 billion state budget for the next two years. Ricketts says the budget achieves the goals he set out earlier this year: keep the growth of state spending around 3% and provide more money for property tax relief. […]

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Budget debate erupts after Unicameral approves $8.6B budget (AUDIO)

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State legislators might have approved the $8.6 billion state budget, but the battle over the budget seems far from over. Sen. Mike Groene of North Platte took to the floor of the legislature Monday to renew his contention that state spending would grow by more than the 3.1% figure touted by the legislature’s Appropriations Committee. […]

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Budget chair pleased with movement of state budget (AUDIO)

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The legislature’s Appropriations Committee chairman is pleased with the progress of the $8.6 billion state budget in the Unicameral. State lawmakers breathed a sigh of relief when the Nebraska Economic Forecasting Advisory Board restored $10 million to its estimate of state revenue rather than lower the estimate. The board in February reduced its estimate of […]

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State lawmakers advance $8.7B state budget (AUDIO)

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State lawmakers have begun debate on an $8.7 billion state budget for the next two years, advancing it to the next round. Appropriations Committee Chairman, Sen. Health Mello of Omaha, said the committee attempted to address pressing needs while cleaning up some old issues. “The Appropriations Committee particularly focused on property tax relief, K-12 education […]

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AAA: Gas prices may drop toward $2 a gallon by summertime

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Nebraskans may not have to budget as much money for driving during the upcoming summer vacation as they did last summer. Gail Weinholzer, at AAA-Nebraska, says all signs point to stable or lower gas prices in the months ahead. Oil refineries have switched from the winter blend to the summer grade of fuel and there’s […]

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Lincoln legislator targets school budget issue as “priority” bill

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State Senator Roy Baker of Lincoln is apparently the first legislator to name his priority bill for this 90-day session. Senator Baker, who represents southern Lancaster County and all of Gage County, has chosen LB 431, which would adjust the formal bid process threshold school districts face on construction or repair projects. The current level […]

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