CHICAGO - With its latest revenue estimates in hand, Nebraska lawmakers find themselves grappling with a slew of fiscal and economic pressures and uncertainties as they craft a new two-year budget.

"In terms of depth and breadth, I can't say I've seen anything like this," said Michael Calvert, director of Nebraska's Legislative Fiscal Office for the last 25 years. "Building a budget is tough enough, and in very difficult financial times it's tougher, then throw on top of it all the pressures to figure out [the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009] and how it interrelates, it's almost like another budget process."

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