2011 Legislative session officially underway

The Nebraska Legislature will be dealing with a more than one billion dollar projected budget deficit. Even core services could see cuts and the Speaker of the Legislature Mike Flood of Norfolk says the cuts that will be made will likely affect every Nebraska Citizen. Governor Dave Heineman says he wants a balanced budget passed without any tax increases. Flood says the Legislature has already done at least two rounds of across the board cuts, so these cuts will be vertical and more painful. He says there is no way to balance the budget without cuts to both K-12 education and Medicaid.