Omaha, NE – A new report says Medicaid expansion under the federal health care law could cost Nebraska as much as $766 million.
Governor Dave Heineman discussed the Medicaid expansion and its costs during a news conference Wednesday. An analysis done by actuarial firm Milliman shows Nebraska can expect to spend $526 million to $766 million between 2011 and 2020 on the Medicaid requirement.
Omaha, NE – Omaha's new contract with the Police Officers Association is awaiting a final vote.
Police officers haven't yet voted on the agreement. It passed the Omaha City Council Tuesday on a 4-3 vote.
Officer Aaron Hanson is president of the police union. He says there's no guarantee union members will approve the contract, but he's moving forward expecting that it will. Hanson says his challenge is to explain to members why the contract is important to them and their families.
Omaha, NE – Omaha's projected 2010 budget deficit is no longer $12.3 million dollars, according to city officials.
A news release from Mayor Jim Suttle's office says an increase in sales tax revenue in May and June reduced the budget deficit to $4.7 million dollars. Sales tax receipts were up 32 percent in May and 7.3 percent in June.
The Mayor's office also credits cost savings in the Police and Fire Departments for reducing the deficit. Both departments have smaller personnel counts due to attrition.
Omaha, NE – Omaha City Councilmen voted Tuesday afternoon to approve a new contract with the Police Officers Association.
The three-year agreement requires each officer to contribute an additional one-point-eight percent of pay, $1300 a year, toward the pension system. Base pay is now used to calculate pensions for new and future Omaha police officers. City officials say the new contract ends the practice of pension spiking.
The inaugural season of Omaha Performing Arts Jazz on the Green at Midtown Crossing concludes Thursday with a special night of music at its new location, Turner Park at Midtown Crossing, 31st and Dodge Streets. The Jazz on the Green finale will be a fitting tribute to the late Luigi Waites and his impact on the local jazz scene.