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(Neb.)-Gov. Heineman Says State Legislature Sent Mixed Signals

By: Roxie Graham-Marski Posted at: 04/19/2012 03:27 PM

     LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman says lawmakers
sent mixed signals during this year's session, approving a
slimmed-down version of his tax cut package but enacting other
measures that could end up costing taxpayers.
     The Republican governor said in a press conference Thursday he
appreciated the Legislature's work on child welfare issues. But he
said he disagreed with two votes on the session's final day that
overrode his vetoes.
     Lawmakers overcame Heineman's objections and pressed two bills
into law: One that will restore taxpayer-funded prenatal care
benefits for illegal immigrants, and one that will give cities the
power to impose voter-approved sales tax increases to a rate as
high as two percent.
     Lawmakers also rebalanced the state's two-year budget and
invested in new University of Nebraska medical facilities. The
session ended Wednesday.
     (Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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