Before the most severe economic downturn since the Great Depression, just 10 states leaned more heavily on student tuition than tax dollars to fund the operations of their public colleges and universities.
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The 106th Nebraska Legislature adjourned sine die Friday, ending the long session a few days early.
It took another two-hour debate to get the mainline budget bill to final reading, but Nebraska legislators got through step two of passing a budget Wednesday evening.
For the second year in a row, opponents of a bill creating a tax credit for Nebraskans who donate to a scholarship fund for private and parochial schools mounted a successful filibuster.
At the beginning of Wednesday's legislative debate, senators stood in support of Sen. Tom Briese's painstaking effort to keep Nebraska in compliance with the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement.
In recent years, debates on the death penalty have been solemn and deep in a legislative chamber that was hushed, serious and filled with nearly every senator paying rapt attention.
The Appropriations Committee had Round 2 of a hearing Thursday on moving Title X funding language into state law rather than allowing it in the state budget bill, as Gov. Pete Ricketts wants.
A medical provider said Tuesday this is no time for the state to skimp on paying for mental health services, with recent flooding expected to heighten issues such as depression, anxiety, traumatic stress and substance abuse.
On a snowy Sunday during Lincoln Sen. Kate Bolz's first year in the Legislature, she was at the Capitol catching up on some work when a young woman came into her office.
Proponents of property tax reform scored a small victory Thursday, advancing a bill that would lower agricultural land values for the purposes of paying for school bond issues.