Ricketts Vetoes Nebraska Capitol HVAC Replacement Funding

LINCOLN (AP/NCN) – Gov. Pete Ricketts has vetoed a budget provision that would provide $11 million to replace the Capitol’s heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems.

He said in his veto message Friday that the project remains a priority and will not be delayed. Ricketts says lawmakers can revisit funding during the next legislative session.

While Ricketts approved the rest of the budget bill appropriating money for capital construction and property acquisition, he may not be done looking at the budget. He has until Monday evening to review several other budget bills, and said while in Norfolk last week that he’s not comfortable with the Legislature’s decision to lower the amount of money in the state’s cash reserve.

“We’ve missed our revenue targets 14 out of the last 22 months,” Ricketts said. “So when the Legislature takes that reserve down from three to two-and-a-half percent it puts us in a weakened financial position. It puts at greater risk, and that’s a big concern.”

Senators will have less time to act on any of Ricketts’ line item vetoes. Speaker Jim Scheer of Norfolk announced last week that the final day of the Unicameral calendar will be May 23rd, moved up from June 2nd.

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