UPDATE – In our original post of this story, we unintentionally omitted a portion of the Governor’s quote in the third paragraph. The omitted portion has been underlined.
Many questions are swirling as Governor Dave Heineman is calling state senators back to Lincoln early next month for a special legislative session to cut the budget. Despite estimates the state may be as much as 200-million dollars short, Heineman says the state is still in pretty good condition.
“Nebraska is in much better fiscal shape than almost any other state in the country,” Heineman says. “We’ve controled our expenditures, we balance our budget, we do it just like every family. When your family income is down, you reduce your expenses. That’s what we’re going to have to do in state government.”
Heineman says he expects to recommend a combination of cuts. “There’s no doubt in my mind that there will be an across-the-board cut of some nature but we’re specifically looking at education budgets, Medicaid, the Beatrice State Developmental Center, several issues like that more specifically and probably more targeted because of the different requirements in those agencies.” he says.
School administrators are nervous about possible cuts since they are about a quarter of the way through their budget year. The governor says they will take that into consideration. “We know how difficult it would be to do something in the current fiscal year, I think we’d all like to avoid that,” Heineman says. “There’s little doubt and I think most superintendents acknowledge and suggest they can deal with it if they’ve gotta’ deal with it in the next fiscal year.”
The legislature will convene November 4th. State tax revenues last month came in $40 million dollars below projections.
Thanks to Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton