State Sees No End To Belt-Tightening

Borja, Rhea R.
January 2004
Education Week;1/28/2004, Vol. 23 Issue 20, p20
Governor of Nebraska Mike Johanns proposed making a temporary cut in Nebraska school aid permanent, as of January 28, 2004, in order to help close a projected $211 million budget gap in the current two-year, $5.4 billion budget for fiscal 2004 and 2005. The proposed change would save the state a projected $166.1 million in school aid payments. Johanns also recommended that the maximum school tax levy of $1.05 per $100 of valuation should remain, instead of returning to the $1 cap as previously planned by U.S. legislators. Johanns acknowledged that his proposal to extend the cut in school aid, along with his other four initiatives, including plans to revamp child-protective services and reform how mental-health care is delivered, weren't easily decided.


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