Heineman strikes $44 million from budget

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) _ Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman has used a line-item veto to strike $44.6 million from the budget, including funding for a nursing college, museum renovations and mass transit.

The Republican governor announced Saturday that he had approved most of the $7.8 billion, two-year budget. But he rejected spending for a nursing college building in Lincoln, renovations for the Nebraska History Museum, and a 70 percent increase in mass transit funds. he also vetoed funding for a new Medicaid computer.

Heineman approved budget items that will allow for a two-year tuition freeze at the University of Nebraska and the state colleges, as well as funding for a new Central Nebraska Veterans Home.

The governor trimmed $7.8 million general fund spending, $11.2 million in transfers from various cash funds, and $25.6 million in spending with federal

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