Lawmakers Approve $7.8 Billion Budget Package

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska lawmakers have approved a $7.8 billion budget package with additional state aid for property tax relief.

The package passed on Monday includes new funding for Nebraska's property tax credit program, water projects, and state park renovations. It also allocates money for job-training programs and pediatric cancer research.

The bills now head to Gov. Dave Heineman, who can sign or veto them as a whole or use a line-item veto to strike specific spending items.

Heineman and some state senators have complained that the budget doesn't go far enough to lower taxes. They also have criticized some projects, such as $2.5 million for fountains at the Capitol.

Supporters say the budget provides a responsible balance of state priorities.

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