State Treasurer Don Stenberg reports that his office underspent its two-year budget by $818,372. To achieve the savings, he cited careful spending practices by his office and implementation of efficiencies, such as using electronic payments whenever possible to save on postage, paper and printing costs. At a time when government agencies at all levels cite inflation and rising costs as reasons to seek more money from taxpayers, it's refreshing to see one finding ways to spend less than it was able.
An aerial photo recently showed one of the world's largest refugee camps: a sprawling site in Jordan overflowing with more than 115,000 displaced Syrian men, women and children. In Nebraska terms, that would be the equivalent of putting twice the population of Hall County in a refugee camp, or more than three times the population of Madison County. And that is only a small portion of the 1.8 million Syrians pushed from their homes by the terrible conflict.