The upcoming session of the Nebraska legislature is the so-called “short” session of 60 days, as a two-year budget passed last year which takes most financial discussions off the table.
Senator Tyson Larson, of O’Neill, sits on the Appropriations Committee and says there will still be plenty of money talks with agency leaders.
Senator Larson says, “Agencies will come with requests saying, ‘We need an extra $100,000 here or 140- here,’ or we’ll look over the budgets and see how the agencies are spending the money we gave them last year and say, ‘You’re not doing this so we’ll take X amount back,’ or things of that nature.”
Larson says even though they will not be writing a new budget this year, members of the Appropriations Committee will have a full agenda.
“We’ll still have a busy session in appropriations, busier than most other committees,” Larson says. “We look over the budget every year and try to make sure that state tax dollars are being spent wisely.”
The Nebraska legislative session opens Wednesday and is scheduled to run into late April.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton