Estimates released Thursday show that lawmakers will have to fill a projected $95.1 million shortfall in the upcoming two-year, $9.5 billion budget. Earlier projections pegged the shortfall at roughly $232.6 million, but legislative leaders cautioned that they will still have to find money to balance the state’s finances when they reconvene in January.
“I still think of it as a meager budget,” said Sen. John Stinner, of Gering, chairman of the budget-writing Appropriations Committee.
Legislative Fiscal Office Director Tom Bergquist said the change was largely driven by the formulas that determine K-12 school aid and federal Medicaid funding. New calculations from both formulas reduced the amount of money the state will have to contribute for schools and Medicaid recipients.
“It’s a significant difference, and that’s what translated into some savings,” Bergquist told members of the Legislature’s Tax Rate Review Committee.
The school aid formula distributes money by determining each district’s needs and subtracting the amount of revenue schools can generate locally, primarily through property taxes. State government makes up the difference.
For Medicaid, Nebraska get federal matching dollars based on how much per-capita incomes have grown compared to the national average. Nebraska has slipped relative to other states, triggering an influx of federal money.
The updated projections also include revenue estimates from online sales taxes, a revenue source the state hasn’t fully tapped until recently, when the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for states to tax internet purchases.
The Department of Revenue has given online retailers until 2019 to start collecting taxes on sales within the state.
The taxes are expected to generate $26 million in the next fiscal year, which starts July 1, and $30 million the following year. Nebraska previously required buyers to self-report their purchases on their state income tax forms, but few people complied, and that approach only generated about $1 million annually.
The new estimates also pegged the gross costs of the recently passed Medicaid expansion ballot measure at $21.4 million in the upcoming fiscal year and $51.5 million the following year.
The net costs are less certain, however, because of differing predictions of how much the measure will save the state by tapping into federal money.
Analysts for the Legislature predict a net cost of $14.8 million in the first year and $33.2 million the following year, when all of the savings are counted. Analysts for Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts’ administration say the savings will be less, resulting in a net cost of $18.4 million and $44.7 million, respectively.
(DESHLER, Neb. – November 5, 2018) – Growers now have a new smart irrigation tool that provides advanced control options from a customizable display. Reinke introduces RPM Advanced Plus™, a main control panel that combines multiple controls with a simple to use touchscreen.
“Growers told us that they wanted to be able to customize their own panels but still have something that was easy to program,” said Reinke President Chris Roth. “Advanced Plus was designed for those growers – giving them a simple touchscreen panel with advanced options at a fraction of the price of other panels.”
Advanced Plus makes controlling pivots easier while offering enhanced options without the need to upgrade to the Preferred Panel, saving growers money. The panel is easy to program, giving growers access to the electronic flow meter input, independent pump control, pressure restart and much more.
Advanced Plus is ReinCloud-ReadyÒ, which makes it easier for growers to have remote access control for increased efficiencies and peace of mind. It’s available with new systems and as a panel replacement or upgrade on existing RPM panels. The product comes with a five-year warranty.
Advanced Plus is now available through Reinke dealers. For more information on Advanced Plus and the entire line of RPM products, visit www.reinke.com.
Reinke Manufacturing Co., Inc. is the world’s largest privately held manufacturer of center pivot and lateral move irrigation systems. Family owned since 1954, and headquartered in Deshler, Neb., Reinke develops products designed to increase agriculture production while providing labor savings and environmental efficiencies. Reinke is a continued leader in industry advancements as the first to incorporate GPS, satellite-based communications and touchscreen panel capabilities into mechanized irrigation system management. For more information on Reinke or to locate a dealership, visit www.reinke.com or call 402-365-7251.
Dawson County District Court records say 42-year-old Jose Regalado-Mendez, of Lexington, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the October 2016 slaying of 37-year-old Jose Hernandez. Prosecutors say Regalado-Mendez shot Hernandez and hid the body near a farmhouse north of Lexington. The remains were found Dec. 12, 2016.
The records say Regalado-Mendez has filed notice that he intends to rely on an insanity defense. He’s been found competent to stand trial.
The trial is set to begin Dec. 11 in Lexington.
Lynn B. Willits, age 97 of North Platte, passed away Thursday October 4, 2018 at Great Plains Health. Memorials are suggested to Holy Spirit Catholic Church and online condolences may be shared at www.adamsswanson.com.
Christian Wake Services will be 7:00 p.m. Tuesday October 9, 2018 and Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday October 10, 2018, both services at Holy Spirit Catholic Church with Reverend Arikotla Sagar as Celebrant.
Burial will follow at Ft. McPherson National Cemetery with military honors. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Tuesday October 9, 2018 at Adams and Swanson Funeral Home which is in charge of arrangements.
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Lois J. Hooper, 97, of Sutherland, formerly of Hershey and Kansas City, Kansas, passed away September 15, 2018 at Sutherland Care Center.
She was born on March 2, 1921 in Kansas City, Kansas, to Harry and Hazel (Bosler) Hooper.
Lois worked for Sears & Roebuck for 40 years. She moved to Hershey in 2005. She was a member of the First United Methodist in Hershey and the DAR.
Lois was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Betty Reese.
She is survived by her niece, Nancy (Bob) Morrison; a great niece, Jennifer (Josh) Kramer and their kids, Peyton and Randi; a great nephew, Kenneth (Shelby) Morrison and their son, Rhett and many more relatives.
Online condolences may be shared at www.carpentermemorial.com. Family will be receiving friends from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, September 18, at Carpenter Memorial Chapel. Cremation was chosen. Private services will be held at a later date. Carpenter Memorial Chapel is in care of arrangements.
Donald Leroy Dodson, age 89, of North Platte passed away Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at Centennial Park Retirement Home. Memorials are suggested to the North Platte Catholic Schools Endowment Fund. Online condolences may be shared at www.adamsswanson.com. Cremation was chosen and a memorial service will be held at a later date. Adams and Swanson Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
North Platte, Neb – Baylee Steele has kept up where she left off last season. Steele lead all golfers by 5 strokes in the North Platte invite that went on August 31st.
The team finished 2nd overall. You can see the full results below:
Kearney, Neb – The NPHS Lady Dawgs golf team had a great showing at the Kearney invite over the weekend:
North Platte, Neb – Here are the results from the Softball Tournament that happened on Aug 23rd in Hast