Noon Newscast 5.28.19

May 28, 2019

Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts
Credit State of Nebraska

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts has approved a new $9.3 billion, two-year state budget.

The budget calls for a $51 million annual boost to the state's property tax credit fund, for a total of $275 million a year.

That’s nearly double the amount distributed to taxpayers in 2015.

With the extra funding, the owner of a $150,000 home will get a $106 discount on their property tax bill.

State spending under the new budget will increase by an average of 2.9 percent per year, which is less than average.

The budget also includes more than $2 billion in state aid for K-12 public education.

In many parts of Iowa, corn planting is behind schedule, in some parts  it’s as far behind as it’s ever been in Iowa history.

Even where farmers got seeds in the ground, the persistent rains have caused water to pool in many fields. Once June begins, farmers face penalties on their crop insurance for planting late.

But they also have to re-think which seeds they’ll be able to grow.

Iowa State extension agronomy experts say  some hybrids can go in later than others.

Some farmers who did get their corn planted are seeing it take longer to emerge because of cool temperatures.

The national weather service is surveying areas of eastern Iowa impacted by tornadoes yesterday afternoon damaging homes, barns and tree.  No one was hurt.

At least six tornadoes were reported in the region, including one at Charles City that destroyed several buildings on the Floyd County Fairground.