Gov. Ricketts vetoes Omaha schools pension, expanded aid bills

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Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts speaks at a news conference in Lincoln, Neb., Thursday, April 2, 2020. Gov. Ricketts defended his refusal to issue a stay-at-home order for residents, arguing that it is not necessary for Nebraska even though 40 other governors have done so to try to keep the new coronavirus from spreading. Ricketts said he does not plan to deviate from his current approach, which includes a statewide, non-enforceable recommendation that residents avoid gatherings with more than 10 people. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts has vetoed bills that would require the state to manage Omaha Public Schools’ troubled pension system and expand eligibility for food and heating aid.

Ricketts has previously signaled his opposition to the pensions bill, calling it a “slippery slope” that could eventually Nebraska on the hook for the district’s bad investment decisions.

The bill’s sponsor has said that isn’t the case. The Republican governor also vetoed bills that would allow more people to qualify for federally funded food and heating assistance.

Each bill passed in the Legislature with enough votes to override the governor’s veto, if the support holds.

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