Omaha, Nebraska 2021-05-27 20:03:18 –
Lincoln, Nebraska (KMTV) — The Nebraska State Senate ended its session in Lincoln this morning.
Senator Carol Brad of Bellevue is totally pleased with this year’s achievements.
“I think Nebraska has passed a number of bipartisan bills this year,” Brad said.
She pointed out that she would exempt senior citizens from social security income and veterans’ retirement income tax.
Speaker Mike Hilgers called it historic.
“I think this is the most important series of tax cuts passed by Congress in decades,” Hilgers said.
Although the major property tax bill did not pass this year, Governor Pete Ricketts said that the property tax reform bill would pass in 2020, adding additional funds to the credit relief fund to raise property tax. It states that it will not rise to current levels. past.
“Together, all of this will bring property tax cuts from the state to a record $ 1.7 billion in two years,” said Ricketts.
Other legislation passed includes the expansion of broadband, the introduction of casino gambling regulations, and the permanent legalization of alcohol.
What didn’t happen was that we set a 3% cap on spending on local governments such as school districts. Senator Ben Hansen voted for this year’s cap.
“I thought it was a good way to tie up my wallet to help Nebraska property tax owners,” Hansen said.
This states that Governor Ricketts may contribute to future tax increases. He hopes it will come back next year.
“That’s why people are angry,” he said. “The legislature needs to act to control the property tax hike in the region.
Another bill that didn’t move forward was medical marijuana. Hansen thought this was a conservative approach and was concerned about voting initiatives.
“I was a little disappointed that I didn’t get results because of my great concern. Yes, it’s on the ballot and it’s all forms of medical marijuana,” Hansen said.
Ricketts said education can overcome the vote.
“I hope they can understand the best way to keep us safe, and if there is a voting initiative, we will strive to defeat it.”
The unicameral system will not be officially held this year, with special sessions planned, especially for parliament and reorganizing the map of parliament.
“It will be a controversial issue, I’m sure,” Hansen said.
“As long as the citizens of Nebraska are part of the process, the committee will remain transparent. Unlike last time, we want gerrymandering to take place … no political conspiracy,” Brad said. Said.
Congress will resume sometime in mid-September to work on the reorganization of the constituency.
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