Statement of NU President James B. Milliken on the state budget package

March 27, 2012

University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken today issued the following statement on the Legislature’s passage of the state budget package

“I am very pleased that the state budget package approved by the Legislature today includes an important investment in Building a Healthier Nebraska. The Legislature has approved a compelling set of projects that meets critical workforce needs, creates thousands of well-paying jobs, improves health care and expands educational opportunities for young people in our state. Clearly this is a strategy that has resonated with the Legislature – as it has with the numerous individuals and groups across the state who have endorsed the initiative.

“I want to thank the members of the Legislature for their far-sighted investment, which will be leveraged with hundreds of millions of dollars in private support to create an exciting public-private partnership that serves Nebraskans. State senators have worked diligently to craft a budget that addresses Nebraska's priorities and they deserve our gratitude. I want to especially recognize the hard work of Chairman Heidemann and the members of the Appropriations Committee and the key sponsors and supporters of the university capital projects. I know that Governor Heineman recognizes the tremendous value of this initiative and I am confident that his support will give us positive momentum as we raise private dollars to advance the projects.”

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