Dear Nonprofit Leaders,
Governor Pete Ricketts decided to veto $56.5 million from the state's general fund budget already approved by lawmakers. His
include additional cuts in funding for state agencies - such as the university, state and community colleges systems - the State Capitol HVAC system and further reductions in funding for provider rates.
Here are the specific cuts.
These are in addition to cuts previously made to close the budget shortfall:
- $7.3 million in cuts to higher education (over the next two years);
- $33.6 million in cuts to provider rates in four programs within the Department of Health and Human Services (Behavioral Health Aid, Medicaid, Child Welfare Aid, Developmentally Disabled Aid); and
- $11.06 million in cuts for replacing the State Capitol's heating and air conditioning system.
These ADDITIONAL cuts will cause harm to services Nebraskans rely on, including higher education, foster care, services for those with developmental disabilities and access to health care.