Omaha, NE – State Senator Abbie Cornett says she won't consider any legislation introduced during the special session that calls for a tax increase.
The Unicameral returns to session Wednesday. Last week, Nebraska's economic forecasting board reported a $335 million shortfall in the biennial budget. Governor Dave Heineman wants specific reductions and across-the-board cuts. His budget reduction plans include canceling a state aid increase to schools in the 2010-2011 budget year.
Lincoln, NE – Governor Dave Heineman hopes budget cuts in four areas will help the state find $336 million in savings.
Heineman unveiled his budget reduction plan Monday afternoon. It includes agency savings, transfers from other accounts, specific reductions and across-the-board cuts. Among the Governor's cost-saving measures are a cancellation of a state aid increase to schools in the 2010-2011 budget year. Heineman says that'll give schools plenty of time to prepare for cuts and adjustments.
Lincoln, NE – Nebraska lawmakers return to Lincoln Wednesday for the start of what could be a two-week long special session.
Governor Dave Heineman is expected Monday to officially call lawmakers back in to session to deal with budget issues. The state faces a $335 million budget shortfall due to declining tax receipts. The Governor says a tax increase is off the table and no state agency is safe from budget cuts.
Omaha, NE – The Douglas County Health Department plans to offer flu shot clinics starting next Thursday.
Health Department officials say the first clinic will be held November fifth at First United Methodist Church, at 7020 Cass Street in Omaha. The clinic will be open from nine AM to eight PM. The following high-risk groups can be vaccinated against swine flu at one of the clinics:
Lincoln, NE – Now that legislators know they have to cut over $300 million from the state budget in a special session, where should they begin? An Omaha State Senator wants to know what priorities lawmakers should set, and he's asking for your help. Martin Wells reports.
Omaha, NE – An Omaha hospital has implemented a new policy it hopes will help protect patients from catching the flu.
Children's Hospital and Medical Center announced the new policy this week. The policy limits patient visitors to parents, guardians, grandparents, and siblings. Visitors to patient care areas, the emergency room or the Hospital's clinic must wear masks. A spokeswoman for Children's Hospital and Medical Center says medical staff will also wear masks when visiting patients.
Omaha, NE – Nebraska Senator Mike Johanns says a test should be applied to the Senate's 1,500 page health care reform bill.
Senator Johanns delivered the Republican radio address Saturday. He says the health care bill should lower costs and improve access to care. But Nebraska's Junior Senator says the bill doesn't do that. Instead, according to Johanns, it'll increase costs and end programs such as flexible spending accounts.
Omaha, NE – Omaha's Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center opens November 16.
Joan Kroc, the widow of McDonalds founder Ray Kroc, left $1.6 billion to the Salvation Army. Those funds are being used to build Kroc Centers nationwide. In Omaha, the Kroc Center is located at 28th and Y Streets. The Salvation Army of Omaha received $60 million of the Kroc Center funding. Another $15 million was raised locally.