Nebraska lawmakers close in on budget bill|
Lawmakers are inching toward a key vote on Nebraska's main two-year budget bill. Debate on the bill slowed to a crawl yesterday as senators took aim at relatively small items in the proposed $7.8 billion spending plan. Some lawmakers tried unsuccessfully to cut $300,000 that was set aside for Nebraska weather-data collection. They also questioned a $500,000 budget increase for a nurse home-visitation program designed for children who are at risk of child abuse. Aubrey Mancuso with the organization Voices for Children says her organization supports the budget but says more work needs to be done in the future. Once approved, the new state budget will go into effect on July 1.