Latest Nebraska state government News

State halts some surgeries at Nebraska Medical Center

Jan. 14, 2022 15:43 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Gov. Pete Ricketts issued a public health order on Friday barring the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha from performing scheduled, non-emergency surgeries, one day after the hospital announced that it had activated its crisis plan because of the pandemic. Ricketts...

Nebraska tax collections beat expectations in December

Jan. 14, 2022 12:29 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska state government collected more tax revenue than expected in December, according to a report released Friday. The Nebraska Department of Revenue reported state tax receipts of $510 million, which is 7.4% higher than the forecast of $475 million. ...

State sues to block Omaha mask mandate as virus cases soar

Jan. 13, 2022 17:04 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The state of Nebraska has gone to court to block Omaha's new mask mandate even though the number of virus cases has risen dramatically this month as the highly contagious omicron variant spreads. The Nebraska Attorney General's office said Thursday that it filed...

Colorado to 'aggressively assert' water rights with Nebraska

Jan. 13, 2022 16:55 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Colorado's governor is warning he will “protect and aggressively assert” his state's water rights after Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts announced a plan to spend $500 million on a canal and reservoir project that includes claiming access to land in Colorado under a...

Nebraska's Ricketts seeks tax cut for highest earners

Jan. 13, 2022 16:32 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts proposed an income tax cut on Thursday for corporations and nearly 419,000 residents whose incomes rise into the state's top bracket. The Republican governor said he would seek to lower the top rates to 5.84%, down from the current...

Nebraska hospitals stretched thin as virus surge continues

Jan. 12, 2022 19:56 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Hospitals in Nebraska are stretched thin due to the current surge in coronavirus cases fueled by the highly contagious omicron variant, combined with the large number of health care workers who are out sick. “We’re overwhelmed,” said Nebraska Medicine...

Tax credit measure for private school donations fails

Jan. 12, 2022 18:56 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A proposal that would have indirectly subsidized private K-12 schools in Nebraska by offering tax credits to scholarship donors stalled Wednesday in the Legislature. Supporters fell five votes short of the 33 they needed to overcome a filibuster and force a...

State AG may sue to block planned mask mandate in Omaha

Jan. 11, 2022 19:17 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Health officials want to impose a new mask mandate in Omaha to slow the spread of COVID-19 as surging virus cases continue to strain hospital capacity, but the state said it would sue to block the rule if it is imposed Wednesday as planned. Douglas County Health...

Nebraska announces $500M plan to claim water from Colorado

Jan. 10, 2022 18:59 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts announced a $500 million plan Monday to divert water out of Colorado under a 99-year-old compact between the states that allows Nebraska to seize access to Colorado land along the South Platte River and build canals. Ricketts said...

Ricketts: Limit state spending, but OK to use pandemic cash

Jan. 08, 2022 18:07 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Gov. Pete Ricketts will unveil a state budget proposal Thursday much like the other frugal spending plans he has introduced over the years, but this time he'll have an extra $1 billion from the federal government to spend and plenty of people who want a cut. ...