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Issue Position: Maintaining a Responsible Budget

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I am pleased to report that the 2010 Legislature tackled many significant issues and did so with virtually no new spending and no new taxes. Moreover, as the session drew to a close, we adopted a resolution that creates a process for addressing the projected $650 million budget shortfall during the next two-year budget cycle. LR542 directs all Standing Committees to evaluate and review respective state agencies and commissions during the summer interim to identify where cuts to services and programs can be made. As Chairman of the Government Committee, I anticipate many hard budget cutting decisions in the months ahead, but I am hopeful Nebraska can weather this economic storm and emerge leaner, more efficient, and even better prepared for a prosperous future.

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