Slumping tax revenues have some Nebraska legislators talking about a special session to cut about $79-million from the current year state budget. Senator Cap Dierks, of Ewing, is vice chair of the legislature’s Revenue Committee, and says he’d like to avoid a special session, if possible.
“If we can get by without, I’d rather do that but I guess it depends on the economic forecasting board and the governor, what he wants to do,” Dierks says. “If he wants to hold a special session, I won’t object to it.” Dierks says with a possible $700-million shortfall in next year’s budget, legislators will have to make some hard choices.
“We have some huge decisions to make, not only during this interim but also during the next legislative session,” Dierks says. “You try to cut $700-million out of the budget, that’s a chunk. Somebody’s going to have to take some pay cuts or something. We’ll just have to see, or lose jobs.”
Governor Dave Heineman has already ordered state employees to take two unpaid days off to help with the budget situation, saving about three-and-a-half million dollars. Dierks says lawmakers will have to help the Governor with the bigger cuts.
Thanks to Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton