Budget vetoes include funding for provider rates, Capitol HVAC, higher ed; Override debate could come Wednesday

Many state agencies — including the university, state college and community college systems — would see additional .5 percent reductions in funding under line-item budget vetoes made by the governor. In total, the vetoes would result in an additional $7.3 million in cuts to higher education over the next biennium.

Furthermore, the vetoes would reduce provider rate funding more than $16.8 million per year and cut $11.06 million in funding for the replacement of the State Capitol’s heating and air conditioning system. In total, the governor’s vetoes would cut about $56.5 million in General Fund appropriations from the budget approved by the Legislature last week. The vetoes also make adjustments to some funds within the Department of Roads budget.

According to media reports, the Appropriations Committee will discuss the vetoes on Tuesday and any legislative floor debate on overrides of the vetoes would be held Wednesday. NET Nebraska will stream any override debate live.

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