by Steven Cain, Nebraska News Service
With Nebraska, as well as the rest of the nation, in financial turmoil the Legislature is searching for areas to make significant budget cuts. On Tuesday the Education Committee heard witnesses reactions to cutting state aid for public schools.
Committee Chairman Greg Adams of York proposed two bills to cut state aid by changing several elements of the state school aid formula for the next two years. His emphasis in these bills was to make balanced cuts to school districts across the state.
"If we're going to get at the kind of numbers that the budget is demanding, we can't nibble around the edges," Adams said. He proposed making large cuts to some of the core elements that make up that state aid. "This hurts. Bottom line, it hurts."