There are multiple steps in the Appropriations Committee budgeting process. First, agencies submitted budget requests through the budget office last fall. Next, Governor Ricketts introduced his recommended budget when he addressed the Legislature in his State of the State address. Then, the Appropriations Committee worked with legislative fiscal analysts to comb through agency requests and developed a preliminary budget. This past week, we began the next step of the process, which is four weeks of public hearings, where we will hear from state agencies, stakeholders and citizens about proposed funding.
Broken Bow is nestled in the foothills of Nebraska’s picturesque Sandhills in the middle of everything our state and our country. In many ways, it’s a community that represents a cross section of the Cornhusker State. It’s a rural town where Main Street is thriving thanks to the state’s largest industries: agriculture and manufacturing. Employers, ranging from feedlots to a major medical supplier, provide good-paying jobs for families in Broken Bow and the surrounding area.
Balancing the budget is not only a tradition in Nebraska, but it’s also a requirement because our state cannot borrow money to finance the state’s budget. Just like Nebraska households, state government does not spend money we do not have. This principle is so foundational to who we are as a state that Nebraska’s Constitution places strict limits on the state’s ability to borrow in Article XIII. This fiscal responsibility has earned Nebraska the distinction of ranking second best in the nation for fiscal health, according to the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Lagging tax revenues caused in part by lagging commodity prices have put the budget front and center during this legislative session.
Attention Nebraskans: While you are busy complaining about the new President of the United States and his Cabinet or gridlock in Congress, the wheels have been coming off the wagon right here at home. Spinning wheels, zero progress. This is what causes Nebraskans to complain about the Legislature wasting time– maybe even blaming Ernie Chambers. But they are willing to let the rest of the body and ultimately the very nature of the non-partisan Legislature succumb to the bullying of the Gang of 27.
This past weekend was the start of the end of the 2016-17 high school wrestling season, and like any year in the sport, the district meet proves to be the most emotional weekend of all, regardless of what sport is being played.
We’re all familiar with the term: “heartbreak round,” which is the consolation semifinals. You win, and you’ve made it to state, a loss, the season is over...it’s just that abrubt and so final if you come up on the short end of the stick.
This past week, with the Southern Nebraska and Twin Valley Conferences holding their basketball and wrestling tournament marks (at least for me) the final long push to the end of the winter sports season.
Four Clay County wrestlers were crowned champions, including a pair of seniors and a sophomore.
Kale Fishler earned gold in the newly-formed Twin Valley Conference/Fort Kearny Conference wrestling meet last Thursday in Kearney, winning the 132-pound class for the Cardinals.
Tanner Ives, who at one time was a teammate of Fishler’s at Harvard, now wrestles for the South Central Red Raider and claimed gold in the SNC meet held at Sutton Friday night, also winning the 132-pound class
Thursday morning, I made my way down to Fairfield to do a story on a group of seniors doing Tai Chi. Tai Chi, for those who do not know what it is, is a method of exercising that incorporates versions of Chinese martial arts. It makes the person focus on balance and breathing.
So there I was, sitting at a table with 10 other ladies, all of whom had been doing this for a couple of weeks. Once they got started, it was easy to see that they put some time into their moves.
While taking photos and some mental notes, I decided that it didn’t look too difficult—maybe a little confusing at times, but not too difficult. Fast forward about a half an hour and they told me I should join in, so I did. Well, I was wrong—it’s harder than it looks.
Friday night, after covering a few events, getting home and preparing for a trip to Red Cloud for wrestling, I recalled with a friend how Red Cloud brought back some early memories of my days back in high school. Thirty-five seasons ago, in the gym at Red Cloud, I pulled off my first dunk in a game, and in that gym, 34 years ago, I also was a team member of the very first Twin Valley Conference All-star game. As I took that trip to Red Cloud Saturday, it all flashed inside of me...holy cow, how time has flashed so quickly.
Yesterday, my mom posted on Facebook that she was deleting her account. Doesn’t sound too significant to some, but to others, it meant she was done. Ever since Trump was sworn in as president, social media outlets have become a place of complete negativity, complaining and harsh words. We get it, you’re mad about the things he’s done since being sworn in, but that doesn’t mean you need to post a paragraph ranting about how much of a scumbag you think he is. Keeping up with this social media uproar, I also saw a post that said there’s a difference between protesting and rioting.