A Tale of Two Budgets

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by J.L. Schmidt

 

“It was,” as Dickens wrote, “the best of times.” Revenue and spending in Nebraska are in “a better place” now than they have been in years, says the Legislature’s Appropriations Committee Chairman Sen. Heath Mello of Omaha. This could make drafting the biennial state budget a smoother process. “Our main job as a state is paying for incarceration, medication and education,” Mello told the Lincoln Journal Star. “And the reality is we’ve got to do those things fairly well before we are able to tackle other challenges.”
 
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