(Neb)-Appropriations Comm Recommends Smaller Cuts Than Gov
LINCOLN, Neb. The Nebraska Legislature's Appropriations Committee, on a series of 5-3 votes, is recommending lower budget cuts than proposed by Governor Pete Ricketts to reduce a potential $173-million dollar revenue shortfall.
The actions on Friday call for a 1% budget cut next year for the University of Nebraska, and the state and community colleges instead of the governor's 4% and a 2% across-the-board cut instead of 4% for state agencies. Cuts for the rest of the current fiscal year would stay at 2%.
Supporting the governor's deeper cuts were Senators Dan Watermeier, Robert Clements and John Kuehn while joining committee chairman John Stinner of Scottsbluff in calling for the smaller cuts were Senators Kate Bolz, Anna Wishart, Robert Hilkemann, and Tony Vargas
The recommendation is only tentative and could change after the Nebraska Economic Forecasting Advisory Board meets on Wednesday to review its revenue predictions. If the Forecasting Board raises its projections, the Revenue Committee approach would have a better chance of being adopted by the full legislature.
Even Stinner might back off if the new numbers aren't at least a little higher because Friday's recommendations, together with other budget decisions, would drop the state's cash reserve below the $250 million level with which Stinner says he's most comfortable.
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