Gov. Ricketts budget to prioritize K-12 education

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts says his proposed budget to lawmakers will prioritize K-12 public education, the state corrections department and services for people with developmental disabilities. Ricketts says the budget he will present to lawmakers would leave the state’s K-12 funding formula unchanged. It also would increase the number of corrections officers to address staffing shortages and use $5.8 million in unspent money to pay for 100 new prison beds to ease overcrowding.