Neb. budget debate focused on taxes, fountains

By: AP
By: AP

Lincoln, NE (AP) - Nebraska lawmakers are squabbling over how much money to put into a state fund that helps reduce property taxes, and whether to pay $2.5 million for bronze fountains at the Capitol.

The disputes on Monday arose as lawmakers debated changes to the state's $7.8 billion, two-year budget.

The current proposal includes a $25 million increase in Nebraska's property tax credit fund, bringing the total annual amount to $140 million. The money is distributed as a tax credit to property owners. Senators on Monday rejected an attempt to increase the fund to $45 million.

Some conservatives in the Legislature are also trying to block funding for Capitol fountains in four interior courtyards. The fountains were part of the Capitol's original design, but were never finished.

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Appropriations Committee report: http://1.usa.gov/PksXG5

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