A panel of key lawmakers concluded Monday that Nebraska’s fiscal situation hasn’t gotten bad enough to require a special budget-cutting session of the Legislature. But whether one will be needed later this year depends on what happens with state tax receipts in the near future, he said.

State revenues ebb and flow, and government has a duty to adjust its budgeting to meet the challenge as part of sound management. That’s the message Gov. Pete Ricketts has rightly sent in directing state agencies to tighten their belts in the face of a $95 million revenue shortfall.

Elected officeholders have an important obligation to follow conflict-of-interest reporting requirements. Such openness builds trust with taxpayers and provides reassurance that public business is being conducted responsibly.

Nonprofit groups are cooperating well to provide a strong level of support for children in crisis as part of the Nebraska Families Collaborative. It’s encouraging to see that the State Department of Health and Human Services and NFC were able to negotiate a new, one-year contract for the col…

The groups will focus on drafting new ballot language to amend medical cannabis into the Nebraska Constitution. They hope to start the petition drive in 2017. It will rely heavily on volunteer circulators to gather the roughly 120,000 signatures they’ll need from registered voters, Graham said.

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