It appears Nebraska lawmakers will be returning to Lincoln next month to begin budget cutting. Governor Dave Heineman says he is planning to call a special session of the legislature.
Heineman says he has given departments and agencies directions on making budget adjustments. “Just like every family and every business in the state, that’s what we’re going to have to do,” Governor Heineman says. “I’ve already sent a memo to them: don’t fill a vacant position unless it’s absolutely essential. Reduce your travel cost. Do not purchase or lease additional space or capitol equipment. Don’t initiate any new programs and begin discussions with your organization, your agency to reduce the current appropriations.”
Heineman says the cutting has become necessary due to the slowing economy. “It’s not going to be fun, it’s not going to be easy, but that’s what the taxpayers expect us to do,” Heineman says. “They’ve had to reduce their own family budgets; we should do the same at the state level.”
Thanks to Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton