Ed. board approves resolution opposing unfunded mandates

The Nebraska State Board of Education has approved a resolution that asks the governor and lawmakers to oppose unfunded mandates.

The resolution approved Thursday says unfunded mandates should be opposed to protect education funding. Gov. Dave Heineman had asked education groups to support the repeal of federal health care reform or he would assume they tacitly support a reduction in education funding.

A state-commissioned study says state Medicaid costs will increase by hundreds of millions of dollars. Another study says the cost will be much less. Board of education member Bob Evnen of Lincoln had introduced a resolution that mentioned Medicaid. But he changed the resolution after a board discussion Wednesday.