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Nebraska lawmakers approve new $9.3 billion, two-year budget

May. 21, 2019 5:18 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers approved a new $9.3 billion, two-year budget Tuesday despite objections from some fiscal conservatives who wanted to cut spending and take money from the state's flagship university. The main budget bill won final approval on a 35-12 vote. It now heads to Gov. Pete...

Nebraska lawmakers grumble at likelihood of puny tax cut

May. 19, 2019 11:16 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Farmers, ranchers and homeowners throughout Nebraska are likely to get more state money next year to offset their property tax bills, but it won't make a big difference for many people and that's leaving some lawmakers exasperated as this year's legislative session nears its end. The...

Ricketts signs law that could prompt wind-energy court cases

May. 17, 2019 4:40 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Groups that want to install wind-energy transmission lines on private property could face new obstacles from Nebraska landowners under a newly signed state law. Gov. Pete Ricketts approved a measure Friday that gives landowners a better opportunity to challenge such projects in court...

Defendant loses bid to see any death penalty communications

May. 9, 2019 7:25 AM EDT

WILBER, Neb. (AP) — A judge has rejected a defendant's motion to see any communications that might show whether Nebraska's governor is behind the prosecutors' decision to seek the death penalty for the defendant. Lawyers for 52-year-old Aubrey Trail had filed a discovery motion last month in Saline County...

Ricketts to lead Nebraska trade mission to Japan, Vietnam

May. 8, 2019 6:20 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts is set to travel to Japan and Vietnam as part of an international trade mission. The governor's office announced Wednesday that Ricketts will visit the countries in September along with state economic development officials. Ricketts says Vietnam represents a...

Nebraska budget wins first-round approval from lawmakers

May. 8, 2019 4:27 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers have advanced a $9.3 billion, two-year budget package that includes additional money for expanding Medicaid, K-12 schools, construction of new prison space and property tax credits. Lawmakers gave the state's budget bills first-round approval on Wednesday. The...

Nebraska lawmakers sharply divided over property tax bill

May. 7, 2019 6:37 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers remained sharply divided Tuesday over a proposal that seeks to lower property taxes by increasing sales and cigarette taxes and boosting state aid for K-12 schools, but the bill's sponsor said she still believes a compromise is possible. The bill drew criticism as...

Ricketts blasts proposed sales tax increase on car repairs

May. 6, 2019 12:05 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts is once again turning to the public to stop a bill that seeks to lower property taxes by raising other taxes and imposing a sales tax on services including car repairs. Ricketts railed against the measure on Monday during an appearance at a Lincoln car...

Nebraska Guard says soldier died in training exercise

May. 6, 2019 9:59 AM EDT

BROKEN BOW, Neb. (AP) — A member of the Nebraska Army National Guard has died from an unexpected medical episode during routine fitness training in Broken Bow. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that 29-year-old Staff Sgt. Trevor J. Kurtzhals, of Lexington, died Saturday at a local hospital. He had had been...

Nebraska headed for property tax showdown and ballot drive

May. 5, 2019 10:21 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A proposal that seeks to lower Nebraska's property taxes by raising other taxes will face its biggest hurdle yet on Tuesday when lawmakers begin debate on the measure against the backdrop of a new property tax ballot campaign that could lead to sharp spending cuts. The legislative...