Budget shortfall: Special Nebraska Legislative Session

Written by Diana Keith, Government Documents Librarian

Nebraska’s 101st Legislature, First Special Session convened in Lincoln on Wednesday, November 4, 2009. The session was called by Governor Dave Heineman to address a projected $334 million revenue shortfall for the fiscal years comprising the state’s current two-year $6.9 billion budget.

News about the special session is reported in the Unicameral Update: http://unicameralupdate.blogspot.com/2009/11/budget-cutting-special-session-begins.html.

The Unicameral’s home page contains additional information about the special session including a current agenda, upcoming agenda, and hearing schedule.  The page has an option to view live streaming video coverage of floor debate and public hearings.

The Governor’s budget recommendations for the special session are available at:  http://www.budget.state.ne.us/das_budget/special09/specialsession09book.pdf.

The State of Nebraska Biennial Budget for 2009 – 2010/FY 2010 – 11, which was passed by the Legislature in August, is at:  http://nebraskalegislature.gov/pdf/reports/fiscal/2009biennial_budget.pdf.

General fund appropriations and general fund functional summaries can be viewed at:  http://www.budget.state.ne.us/das_budget/bud/miscinfo.htm.

For a report on state government cash and revolving funds see:  http://nebraskalegislature.gov/pdf/reports/fiscal/funddescriptions_1109.pdf.