This week the Nebraska Legislature will begin debating a proposed $7.8 billion biennial budget.
That amount of spending represents $4,300 per Nebraskan or $17,200 for a family of four.
What could your family do with $17,200?
With that money our state government will spend:
– $72 million to fund implementation of ObamaCare
– $51 million to fund salary increases for government employees
– $130 million in increased Medicaid spending due to federal budget cuts
– $41 million to fund LB 104 through 2017, a green energy tax credit
– $2.5 billion in government aid to individuals, a 6.9% annual increase
Under this budget proposed by Appropriations Committee Chair Heath Mello state spending will increase by an average of 5.2% annually.
And at the same time senators are proposing to spend $7.8 billion, many still want to push for Medicaid expansion.
Medicaid expansion would add, at minimum, another $64 million to future biennial budgets. And that’s if the federal government lives up to its commitment to fund the program at 90%.
We won’t hold our breath.
The biggest issue this year is by far whether Nebraska should voluntarily agree to implement ObamaCare by expanding Medicaid.
The debate on LB 577 rages on behind the scenes.
Click here and tell your state senator you oppose LB 577 and that we need to reduce state government spending.
P.S. For more information about Medicaid Expansion, check out my op-ed in the Omaha World-Herald by clicking here.