Nebraska budget bills with funding for child welfare, university construction projects and other human service needs are now heading to Gov. Dave Heineman.
Lawmakers gave final approval Tuesday to bills that would add
the funding to the state's current $7 billion, two-year budget.
Heineman has until Monday to sign or veto the bills. He has not
said what he will do.
One proposal would pay $2.5 million to child welfare
subcontractors that have not been reimbursed for their services.
The providers had subcontracted with Boys and Girls Home of Sioux
City, Iowa, which lost its state contract in 2010 because it had
not paid subcontractors.
The package also includes funding for a University of Nebraska
Veterinary Diagnostic Center, a Cancer Research Tower and a nursing college.