The Nebraska Legislature this week began a special session to consider $31.2 million in cuts in the $1.5 billion current fiscal budget to combat unexpected Medicaid costs.

Gov. Ben Nelson recommended the cuts and requested the special session earlier this month. He acted after the state Department of Social Services revised its estimate of Medicaid costs in the 1993-95 biennium to $135 million from $112 million. The current fiscal year began in July.

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