Lawmakers make more cuts to Nebraska budget

Lincoln, NE – Further cuts to Nebraska's budget are headed to Governor Dave Heineman.

The state faces a $45 million budget shortfall. Lawmakers cut an additional two-percent from most agencies' budgets, according to Senator Lavon Heidemann. Heidemann, the chairman of the Appropriations Committee, says other legislation that requires an appropriation can be read on final reading. But he says there are only a dozen of those bills pending and many won't become law.

One of those bills, which would have required a study of the costs of Nebraska's death penalty system, failed last week.

The Unicameral cut almost 335-million dollars from the budget during a special session last fall.