Legislative Session Is Underway, Budget Tops List
Nebraska legislators must balance the state's budget
in a time of declining revenue. Funds to support micro
businesses will be one of the areas to be examined.
This funding pays major dividends for the Nebraska
rural economy and should be maintained.
BY JEFF REYNOLDS, REAP
The regular session of the Nebraska Legislature began on
January 8, 2003. The budget – and corresponding spending
and taxation questions – will dominate the 2003 session.
The Legislative Fiscal Office estimates that the state
is facing a $673 million difference in projected
spending needs and projected revenue over the next two
years. As Governor Johanns pointed out in his “State of
the State” speech on January 15, this number may be
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