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Lawmakers reject push for deeper University of Nebraska cuts | KRVN Radio

Lawmakers reject push for deeper University of Nebraska cuts

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) _ Lawmakers have rejected an effort to subject the University of Nebraska to deeper budget cuts than those recommended by a legislative committee.

Senators voted 32-10 on Wednesday to keep in place a proposed 1 percent cut for the university in the upcoming fiscal year, rather than the 4 percent cut proposed by Gov. Pete Ricketts.

The 1 percent cut would leave the university with $574.7 million in state funding in the fiscal year that begins July 1. Sen. Steve Erdman of Bayard proposed an amendment to the budget that would have reinstated the 4 percent cut and reduced state funding to $557.3 million.

Lawmakers debated the cuts in the face of state revenues that have fallen short of projections. They still have to approve the overall budget.

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