Gov. Ricketts requests emergency funds to fight the spread of COVID-19

Gov. Pete Ricketts

As the number of COVID-19 cases rise in Nebraska, Governor Pete Ricketts is asking lawmakers for 58.6 million dollars in emergency state funding to help cover any expenses needed to respond to the new pandemic. These expenses will include coronavirus tests, medical and cleaning supplies, and employee overtime.

Friday afternoon, Gov. Ricketts presented the new budget request to legislators, who will then consider the package on Monday, Mar. 23rd.

Gov. Ricketts says the state’s emergency fund is designed for budget crunches and one-time expenses. He made this announcement after eight more COVID-19 cases were identified in Nebraska, including the first in Lincoln.

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