Sen. Watermeier Wishes Legislature Was More Proactive in Countering Budget Shortfall

Sen. Watermeier Wishes Legislature Was More Proactive in Countering Budget Shortfall
Senator Dan Watermeier, of Syracuse

LINCOLN – While he is happy the Nebraska Legislature finalized the budget this week, one state senator wishes more could have been done.

State Senator Dan Watermeier of Syracuse, said in his weekly address that he wishes the unicameral had been more forward thinking with regards to the budget.

“Although we passed a balanced budget, I am concerned that revenues will continue to decrease and I believe we should have taken a more a proactive approach,” says Watermeier.

Legislators initially could not even get the required votes to pass the budget, making some fear of a government shutdown. Eventually an $8.9 million budget bill was passed by three votes.

Lawmakers cut funds to most state agencies and the University of Nebraska in the bill, while providing more funding for the Property Tax Credit Fund, K-12 education, corrections, the justice system and child welfare.

Watermeier’s concerns were shown in a recent report by the Nebraska Department of Revenue that said the state was over $55 million short of projected revenue in the month of April.

The budget bill now heads to the desk of Gov. Pete Rickets, who has the option to sign the bill, veto it entirely or veto portions of it.

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