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Legislature votes to override budget vetoes

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By: Jenn Hatcher
jhatcher@klkntv.com

Much of the states budget is staying intact, including improvement projects planned for the state capitol.

Nebraska lawmakers voted to override Gov. Dave Heineman's vetoes of state budget items on Tuesday.

"They voted for the budget last week, over 40 senators voted for the main line budget bill and so they were priorities that they voted on multiple times as a body and decided they were still key state priorities," says Senator Heath Mello of Omaha, who introduced the override.

The 37-11 vote on Tuesday came just days after the Governor announced he trimmed $65 million from the Legislature's budget package, including funding for courtyard fountains and a new heating system at the Capitol.    

Heineman singled out the fountains as a less important priority than state-funded property tax relief saying,  "Providing property tax relief is more important than funding fountains in the capitol courtyard that are rarely used."

Supporters of the override motion argued that the fountains are the last major, unfinished design feature of the Capitol.

The legislature kept $60 million dollars of the $65 million Heineman was working to cut.

Construction on the fountains is now expected to end just before Nebraska celebrates its 150th anniversary as a state.

The capitols new HVAC system is a 10 year project.

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