Legislative bill on senior planning spawns floor debate on 'big government'

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Posted: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 12:00 am

LINCOLN — The Nebraska Legislature advanced a bill Wednesday that would finance a planning process for the deluge of senior citizens that will need government-funded assistance in their retirement years.

The 31-11 vote for first-round approval came after a lengthy debate about the need for spending $46 million in state and federal money on planning and whether the program represented an expansion of “big government” or a wise investment that would save money in the long run.

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