Nebraska lawmakers will have to deal with an expected budget shortfall between $600 and $800 million dollars when they return to Lincoln in January. Some legislators say they expect to cut state spending across the board. There’s concern that will lead to cuts in state aid to schools, which could lead to hikes in property taxes. Senator Cap Dierks of Ewing says that could also be a problem.
Dierks says many districts may have to learn to live with lower budgets.
Dierks says lawmakers have to keep their eye on property taxes. The latest projections from the state Legislative Fiscal Office show a possible twoyear budget shortfall of $751 million.