LINCOLN – Another biennium, another budget.
On Tuesday, the Legislature sent a budget of $ 9.7 million to the governor for approval. Again in 2021, two of the Panhandle’s representatives were instrumental in its construction.
Credit Chairman John Stinner of Gering and Credit Committee member Steve Erdman told the Star-Herald they were happy with the destination of one of the budget’s most high-profile items – a new prison of State.
âI think it’s an opportunity for us to have this discussion next year or the next year,â Erdman said.
During his state of play address, Governor Pete Ricketts said a new state prison to tackle overcrowding in Nebraska needs to be built. The population of Nebraskans behind bars significantly exceeds the number of available beds, state officials say. Only Alabama prisons are more overcrowded in the United States
Additionally, the current state prison is nearing the end of its useful life, according to Stinner. He said the last renovation of the state prison was in 1980.
âAt that point, they were indicating 50 years of useful life,â Stinner said, adding that parts of the prison had already reached its end.
While supporters have argued that the need for a new prison is high, so too is the cost of building a new prison. In his budget proposal, Ricketts asked for $ 230 million over two years for the prison.