Heineman opposes lawmaker pay raise because of veto override

State legislators are pushing to get a raise in their annual salary from $12,000 to $22,500 when voters go to the polls in November, but the state's highest elected official says he won't be voting for it.

Governor Dave Heineman told KNEB News while in Gering Tuesday the senators no longer have his support for a pay raise because of one veto override in the last session. Heineman says he will not support a pay raise until the Legislature repeals L.B. 599, which provides pre-natal care for low income families and illegal immigrants.

Heineman said, "It's just infuriating to me we are giving taxpayer benefits to illegals. We need them(taxpayer benefits) for legal Nebraska kids."

The override received more than the thirty votes needed for an override, including support from many prominent Republicans in the Legislature.

Speaker Mike Flood and State Senator John Harms of Scottsbluff were among those who said the bill was not an illegal immigration issue but a pro-life issue, and they supported taking care of what will be a Nebraska citizen in the womb rather than spending more taxpayer money when the child is born.

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