Ricketts urges lawmakers to uphold his veto of extended SNAP benefits

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Gov. Pete Ricketts is urging the Nebraska Legislature to uphold his veto of a bill that would let more residents collect food assistance benefits.

The Governor says the measure would create a disincentive for recipients to seek better-paying jobs, saying many businesses are desperate for workers.

The veto, issued Monday, drew swift condemnation from supporters of the bill. SNAP proponents argue families with children need the money. They also say the expansion would be paid with existing money, causing no impact on the state budget.

The bill, proposed by Sen. John McCollister, passed with the support of 33 lawmakers, three more votes than needed to override a veto if no senators change their votes.