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    • Budget timeframe: Biennial

      Fiscal Year begins: July 1 

      The current state budget can be found here and the FY2012-13 budget adjustments can be found here.

      Find the legislative session calendar here.

      Find the current legislative leaders here.

       

      NE Gov. Heideman

      Gov. Dave Heineman
      Office of Governor Dave Heineman
      P.O. Box 94848
      Lincoln, NE 68509-4848
      Phone: (402) 471-2244
      Fax: (402) 471-6031
      http://www.governor.nebraska.gov/

       

       

       

      Gerry Oligmueller, Director
      Budget Division - Department of Administrative Services
      State Capitol, Room 1320
      Lincoln, NE 68509
      Phone (402) 471-2526
      Fax (402) 471-4157
      www.budget.state.ne.us
      Gerry.Oligmueller@nebraska.gov

       

       

      Want a more robust, long-term look at your state's fiscal health, beyond the budget? There are two parts: Click here for the FY2012 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) compiled by the state government, and click here for information on the state's pension liabilities

       

      Nebraska's "balanced budget" requirement comes in the form of a limit the issuance of debt. Article 13, Section 1 of the 1875 Constitution says the State may not contract debts greater than $100,000. Nebraska law forbids the carrying over of a deficit from one year to the next. In spite of this law, budget deficits (negative net transactions) were reported on the State's Budgetary Comparison Schedules within the last three years' annual reports.

       

      The State of Nebraska's governmental funds include five major funds: the General Fund, the Highway Fund, the Federal Fund, the Health and Social Services Fund and the Permanent School Fund. Non-major special revenue, capital project and other permanent funds are also included in the governmental funds.  [from the Institute for Truth in Accounting]

       

      Find the state's bond ratings here.

       

       

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    • HEADLINES: Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Nebraska, New Jersey, North Carolina , South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania, Oregon

      Williams Report - July 29, 2014

      by Bob Williams | July 29, 2014

      Join us on Twitter today by following @StateBudgets and tweeting with the hashtag #SBSBob.

    • HEADLINES

      Williams Report - July 21, 2014

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | July 21, 2014

      The Williams Report is BACK after a one week hiatus. Be honest, you missed it! Join us on Twitter today by following @StateBudgets and tweeting with the hashtag #SBSBob. 

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    • RESEARCH

      Common Core Costs: Examining California's Five Largest School Districts

      State Budget Solutions | by Hannah Oh | September 16, 2014

      There seems to be an endless amount of controversy surrounding the Common Core. Vocal supporters and critics are not hard to find. This report suggests that there is another point of contention to consider: the costs of the technology upgrades required to implement Common Core.

    • HEADLINES

      Lawmakers Jockey Over Budget Surpluses

      Stateline | by Elaine S. Povich | April 22, 2014

      According to NASBO, Kentucky and many other states have put the emphasis on restoring funding to education this year. A still incomplete survey of states showed that the vast majority are increasing elementary and secondary education funding, along with transportation and infrastructure.

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    • Solutions

      How Reality-Based Budgeting Can Permanently Resolve State Budget Gaps

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | November 7, 2012

      State Budget Solutions recommends that state legislators take action in 2013 to resolve the serious state financial crises by changing their focus from inputs to outcomes by redesigning budgets from the ground up based on priorities and performance.

    • Solutions

      How to Prevent Future Pension Crises

      by Cory Eucalitto | November 1, 2012

      The time for state and local governments to offer defined contribution retirement plans that protect both taxpayer dollars and public employee retirement security is now.

    • Solutions

      State Lawmakerís Guide to Evaluating Medicaid Expansion Projections

      The Heritage Foundation | by Edmund F. Haislmaier and Drew Gonshorowski | October 17, 2012

      Supporters of Obamacare claim that expanding Medicaid will entail little to no cost to state governments, since the federal government will fund the vast majority of the additional costs. Indeed, some analyses project states achieving savings from adopting the expansion. However, state lawmakers should be wary of accepting such analyses at face value.

    • Solutions

      Medicaid Is BrokenóLet the States Fix It

      The Wall Street Journal | by Paul Howard and Russell Sykes | October 15, 2012

      Block-granting Medicaid is the best way to deliver better, cost-effective care to the most vulnerable Americans.

    • Solutions

      The Case for Reform: Prisons

      Right on Crime | August 1, 2012

      Prisons are supremely important, but they are also a supremely expensive government program, and thus prison systems must be held to the highest standards of accountability.