Gov. Pete Ricketts has used his line-item veto authority to carve $11 million out of a budget bill approved by the Unicameral.
Ricketts cited declining state revenue to justify his veto of money to improve the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system at the Capitol.
Ricketts has returned LB 330e to the Unicameral with his signature and the reduction in funding.
“I have vetoed $11 million in spending intended for the Capitol Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Systems Replacement Project,” Ricketts said in a written statement released by his office late Friday. “The HVAC Project is an important priority, however, our current fiscal situation does not warrant this large General Fund expenditure. Sufficient funding will remain to keep the project on schedule and the financing of the HVAC Project can be revisited in the next legislative session.”
A copy of the Governor’s full veto message can be found by clicking here.
More budget cuts could be coming. Ricketts has until Monday evening to return the remainder of the budget bills approved by the legislature.