LINCOLN, NE – Appropriations Committee Chairman Heath Mello (District 5, South Omaha) issued the following statement following the passage of the budget bills earlier today:
“The passage of mid-biennium budget adjustments by wide, bi-partisan margins today reaffirms the hard work of the Appropriations Committee in crafting a sensible, pragmatic state budget that invests in key priorities and provides direct property tax relief to Nebraskans.
“This year’s budget makes long-term investments in Nebraska’s future, including an additional $3.7 million in early childhood education grants, $10 million for job training, $5 million to address the developmental disabilities waiting list, and $15 million in deferred maintenance of Nebraska’s state park system.
“Unlike previous years, this state budget also includes an additional $25 million per year in funding for the Property Tax Credit Act, providing Nebraska taxpayers with ongoing, sustainable property tax relief.
“Finally, the Legislature’s state budget provides $31 million in both one-time and ongoing funding for water research and infrastructure projects across Nebraska, providing a crucial investment to ensure the sustainability of Nebraska’s greatest natural resource.”
Cumulative votes for the three bills comprising the budget package (LB 905, LB 906, and LB 130) totaled 125 in support, 19 opposed, and 3 absent.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 24, 2014
For More Information:
Senator Heath Mello, (402) 471-2710