Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman called lawmakers back to Lincoln for a special session starting today to tackle the state’s anticipated $334 million shortfall over the 2009-2011 biennium. He also unveiled his own proposals to close the gap.

Most state agencies would cut budgets by 2.5% this year and 5% in 2010, saving $80 million, according to the governor’s office. The state would save $65 million by carrying over previous years’ excess funds in state agency budgets.

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