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New Two Year State Budget Signed Into Law

Apr 27, 2021

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts has signed a new, $9.7 billion two-year state budget into law that includes property tax credits and money to potentially build a new state prison. Ricketts praised several aspects of the budget, including $1.45 billion in state money that will be used for various property tax reduction programs. The budget will grow by 1.7% annually over the two-year period. Ricketts did not veto any portion of the budget. 

OPD Avoids Budget Cut

Aug 19, 2020

The Omaha Police Department will not have its budget cut.  City Council members voted yesterday to turn down Council President Chris Jerram's proposed two-million-dollar cut to the police budget.  Under the proposal, the two-million-dollars would have gone towards mental health treatment, rehabilitation and employment services.  Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert says she would have vetoed the budget cut.

 

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts is warning that the coronavirus pandemic will likely lead to state budget cuts and force lawmakers to water down two of his biggest priorities, including a property tax bill for farmers and homeowners and a new business incentive package. His comments came after lawmakers announced plans to resume their regular session on July 20. It’s not clear whether the property tax or business incentive measures had enough support to pass even before the pandemic.

NU President Warns Of Impending Layoffs

May 15, 2020

Layoffs are coming to the University of Nebraska.  NU President Ted Carter says 20 positions will be eliminated as the university tries to address a 50-million-dollar budget shortfall.  Seventeen employees, mostly in the Information Technology department, will lose their jobs and three vacant positions will not be filled.

City Council Approves Budget

Aug 28, 2019

(Omaha, NE)  --  The city of Omaha's 2020 budget is approved.  The Omaha City Council approved the one-point-one-billion-dollar budget yesterday.  Council members also added funding for one more housing code inspector.  The budget also includes additional money for job training and youth sports.

Council Approves Trash Contract

Aug 28, 2019

(Omaha, NE)  --  The Omaha City Council is giving the city's trash hauling contract to FCC Environmental.  Council members approved the contract yesterday.  Starting in 2021, every residence in Omaha will receive two 96-gallon trash carts, one for trash and yard waste and one for recycling. The contract with FCC Environmental will cost 24-million-dollars per year. 

The city council met Tuesday, granting approval of the budget and trash contracts.  To see how we got here, you can listen to when Mayor Jean Stothert stopped by the KIOS-FM studios and chatted candidly with Mike Hogan about the budget, trash contract, roads and other issues currently facing the city of Omaha. 

While you may have heard about the full length interview, you might  not have time for all 40 minutes of discussion.  Due to listener requests, the abridged interview that aired on 91.5 FM is below. 

Here is also a link to the full interview, for your convenience: https://www.kios.org/post/whats-her-mind-mayor-jean-stothert-unedited

Mayor Jean Stothert stopped by the KIOS-FM studios and chatted candidly with Mike Hogan about issues currently facing the city of Omaha.  While you may have heard the interview excerpts on this morning's "Live & Local" segment, below is the entire unedited interview.  

In this full length discussion, Mayor Stothert reveals  details on the trash contract, budget creation and approval, the inner workings of city government, the riverfront revitalization, personal details regarding her run for and eventual winning of the office of mayor, and her television sketch comedy experience.  

This full length, uncut interview sheds some light on the process of running a municipality and the person holding the top office in the city of Omaha. 

Omaha Mayor Proposes 2020 Budget

Jul 24, 2019

(Omaha, NE)  --  Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert is sending her 2020 budget proposal to the city council.  Stothert says the budget, presented on Tuesday, maintains a low property tax rate and prioritizes public safety and street repair; city department spending will increase by two-point-two-percent, according to the mayor's office.  The General Fund amount is about 420-million dollars, while the All Fund budget is one-point-one-billion.  A public hearing on the budget is set for August 13th.

Full press release from the Mayor's office is below.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The flooding that devastated huge swaths of Nebraska may put a dent in the state budget and force the postponement of other expenses, but officials said the recovery costs should be manageable.

Lawmakers are bracing for a likely wave of state agency budget requests in the next fiscal year as the state government's share of the total cost becomes clearer.

Sen. John Stinner, of Gering, chairman of the Appropriations Committee, says lawmakers want to ensure the state has enough cash to handle new flood-related expenses as well as future weather disasters.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers will start to sift through Gov. Pete Ricketts' budget plan

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Gov. Pete Ricketts has unveiled a new tax package that would boost credits for Nebraska residents

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts says his proposed budget to lawmakers will prioritize K-12 public education, the state corrections department and services for people with developmental disabilities.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's net tax receipts were slightly higher than estimated in January.

Governor Pete Ricketts wants Nebraska lawmakers to act on tax reform and transportation issues this legislative session.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad has told Iowa lawmakers he wants to invest more money in education and water quality initiatives for the upcoming fiscal year.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska state government collected about $14 million less than expected in December.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's state government tax collections in November were more than 1 percent higher than expected.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A House Republican leader says Iowa lawmakers will need to make deep cuts to the budget next year, but he did not elaborate.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers are preparing for a tight budget in next year's session, with a projected $110 million revenue shortfall that could force them to cut services or tap the state's rainy-day fund.

A two-year federal budget deal is awaiting President Obama’s signature.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A panel of state budget experts is lowering Iowa revenue projections for the current fiscal year.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — State Auditor Mary Mosiman says a property tax cut approved two years ago is a significant ongoing cost for the state budget.

Public hearing Tuesday on Omaha Mayor's 2016 budget plan

Aug 11, 2015

A public hearing is scheduled for this evening on Omaha’s 2016 budget.

Douglas County budget includes more money for bridge projects

Aug 7, 2015

Douglas County’s new fiscal year budget does not include a property tax increase.

Support for workforce programs in 2016 Omaha budget proposal

Jul 23, 2015

Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert’s 2016 budget proposal includes more than one million dollars for job training and workforce development programs.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Legislature's fiscal office says state government continues to have a healthy cash reserve, with a projected balance of nearly $729 million.

Omaha’s Police and Fire Departments will both add personnel in 2016 if Mayor Jean Stothert’s budget proposal is approved.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad says a Democratic effort to hold a special legislative session to override his budget vetoes will not succeed.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Senate Democrats have joined House Democrats in calling for Iowa lawmakers to return to the Capitol for a special session to respond to Gov. Terry Branstad's recent budget vetoes.

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