Gov. Ricketts Orders Budget Restraint as Forecast Falls Again
Taylor Gage, 402-471-1970
Luke Robson, 402-471-1967
LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts issued a new directive to all state agencies, boards, and commissions ordering continued budget restraint following a meeting of the Nebraska Economic Forecasting Advisory Board (Board). At today’s meeting, the Board revised revenue projections for the State of Nebraska downward by $100 million for the current fiscal year and $123 million for the next fiscal year.
“During my administration, the Legislature and I have successfully worked together to constrain spending and cut the rate of growth in government from 6.5 percent to 0.6 percent,” said Governor Ricketts. “Today’s news necessitates we take additional steps to further slow state spending and demonstrate fiscal restraint.”
“When revenues fall short of forecasts, Nebraskans expect state government to exhibit the same fiscal restraint as they do in their own households. I have directed my Budget Administrator to work with state agencies to continue to implement the budget restraint they’ve been practicing as well as to prepare for budget reductions. We took much needed steps to balance the budget earlier this year, and I will continue to work with the Legislature in the upcoming session to balance our budget without raising taxes.”
Copies of the Governor’s guidance were delivered to all code and non-code state agencies. The Governor’s State Budget Office will work closely with all state agencies to implement this directive.
The Governor’s directive outlined budget restraint actions covering the following areas:
- Reduced Allotments: Quarterly allotments of current appropriations to state agencies, boards, and commissions will be reduced by one percent in the third and fourth quarters to incentivize additional spending restraint and to prepare for possible budget reductions.
- Budget Reductions: Agencies have been advised to prepare for budget reductions based on the revised forecast to be presented to the Legislature in the upcoming session.
- Spending Restraint: Continuance of his previously ordered hiring freeze, travel ban, limited equipment purchases, and reductions in discretionary grants in aid.
A copy of the Governor’s memo to state agencies.
All Agencies, Boards and Commissions.pdf