Stimulus plan will help Nebraska

In its current form, President Barack Obama’s stimulus bill includes millions for Nebraska.  The package includes nearly $378 million to aid the state budget over the next two years and $230 million for highways and bridges.  The amount of budget help Nebraska would receive is roughly equal to the state’s projected budget shortfall over the next two years, caused by flattening revenues.  But Gov. Dave Heineman’s spokeswoman says if the money is  approved, Heineman won’t change his budget proposal.  The budget would increase by an average of just 1.8 percent each of the next two years under Heineman’s plan.