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Lawmakers override Heineman's budget bill veto

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Governor DaveHeineman's budget bill vetoes have been overruled Tuesday afternoon by statelawmakers.

Heineman announcedSaturday that he had trimmed about $65 million from the legislature's budgetpackage.

Today senators trumpedthe veto, with the money going towards a new HVAC system and fountainupgrades for the state capitol.

Heineman argues thatsenators need to do more this year to lower property taxes.

Senators contend thatif they don't lower property taxes this year, they can still address theissue in 2015.

"Its myunderstanding that there's going to continue to be an emphasis on other taxreforms," questioned Grand Island Senator Mike Gloor, "Including property tax relief in the future, is that correct?"

"That is absolutelycorrect," said Galen Hadley of Kearney. "This is not a one time shot this year. This will be something therevenue committee and the body of the legislature will be looking at for yearsto come."

Construction on the fountains is expected to be completedjust before Nebraska celebrates its 150th anniversary as a state. The total HVAC renovation project is expected to cost nearly $78 million over a 10-year period.

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