The proposal would allow the University of Nebraska to seek long-term financing to repair, renovate and replace hundreds of buildings it maintains across the state.
Gov. Ricketts came out against transferring management of the Omaha Public Schools pension system to the state, suggesting it’s a step toward taxpayers getting stuck with the $848 million shortfall.
Lawmakers will investigate the troubling contract with child welfare provider St. Francis Ministries.
Legislative Resolution 29, passed 40-6, calls for the creation of a legislative committee to look into how Nebraska ended up signing a $197 million, five-year contract with St. Francis Ministries.
It's baffling that after so much complicated work and cooperation, the Ricketts administration would indulge in an eleventh-hour effort to sabotage the initiative.
State lawmakers advanced a pair of bills ensuring Nebraska students who attend home school and AmeriCorps volunteers from across the country qualify for in-state tuition at the state's public colleges and universities.
The rescue steps that have been taken are worthwhile, but the fund's liability problem is so huge it's going to take many years of focused attention to bring it to stability.
Unified backing from the Omaha Public Schools, its teachers union and a key Nebraska lawmaker may pave the way for the state to take over management of the district's troubled pension fund.
Step therapy, sometimes known as "fail first," requires patients to try less expensive medications before they can receive coverage for drugs that cost more.
A study found that there would be savings of roughly $250,000 a year to have the state operate the plan. But there would also be upfront costs of about $4 million to integrate the two systems.
Lawmakers are under pressure to pass a bill that provides tax cuts in exchange for job growth and facility expansion because the state’s major economic development law expires this year.
State Sen. Mark Kolterman hopes the state will allocate $15 million and private donors will provide another $15 million to fight the disease t…
Two failed major computer projects cost Nebraska taxpayers $12 million. Including federal funds, the losses totaled $60 million.
More of our recommendations for the Nebraska Legislature: McCollister, Moser, Kolterman, Hansen, Dorn.
LINCOLN — Two new candidates and two incumbent state senators have announced plans to run for the Legislature next year.
One of the incumbents running, State Sen. John McCollister of Omaha, faces a challenge from one of the new candidates, Jackie Collett, an information technology project manager.
The committee’s conclusions could alter the kind of life possible for police and firefighters in retirement and determine the amount of money taxpayers will have to shell out. The conclusions also could affect government’s ability to compete for employees.
The plan, as of April, was only 65 percent funded, down from 85 percent funded a decade ago, and far behind the funding level of the state teachers’ pension fund, which is now 90 percent funded.