Nebraska’s state senators left this year’s legislative session knowing they were looking at a deficit larger than 600-million dollars for next year. Senator Cap Dierks of Ewing says there have been ongoing discussions among senators about the state’s financial situation since they left Lincoln.
“In serious times, we have to do some serious cuts,” Dierks says. “It’s not going to be fun. It’s going to be very difficult but it’s something we have to do.” Dierks, vice chair of the Revenue Committee, says the Committee Chair, Senator Abby Cornett of Bellevue, plans to hold several hearings around the state in August and September.
Dierks says Cornett says several similar hearings last year had excellent turnout and provided good suggestions. Dierks says he would prefer senators start from scratch on rewriting the budget.
The latest report on the state’s budget situation came several weeks ago. The state’s April revenue numbers fell below forecast projections. Receipts were more than 14.5% short of projections, totalling near $52 million.
Thanks to Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton