BEATRICE – Nebraska lawmakers will end the 90-day session early, on day 86. Speaker Jim Scheer has informed state senators that May 23rd will be the final day of this year’s session, that was scheduled to run through June 2nd.
State Senator Roy Baker, of Lincoln says it’s an early end to a session where things got bogged down, early…over disagreement about legislative rules.
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Baker credits Scheer for his scheduling of important bills and requiring lawmakers to be able to demonstrate enough support to move an issue forward.
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The most important item was passage of an $8.9 billion, two-year budget, which increases spending by an average of 1.1% annually. The legislature argued in the past few days about additional cuts in the budget, and whether the plan would carry the emergency clause.
This session, Governor Pete Ricketts’ proposal to reduce state income tax rates failed to gain enough support. A plan to change the way agriculture land is valued for tax purposes was part of the plan.
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The property tax relief effort sought to value agriculture land on its’ income potential, rather than market value.