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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE, February 18, 2018

It's priority bill week!! Time for senators to wade through their 479 masterpieces of legislation and flush all bills that do not meet the minimum standard of common sense. Tuesday is Day 30 in this sixty-day legislative session. Tuesday is also the deadline for...

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE, February 11, 2018

Taxes & prairie dogs Let's start with state income tax. Nebraska's rates are tied to the federal tax code. So, when Congress eliminated the personal exemption credit in December, so did the state. That move created an unexpected $226 million windfall for the state's...

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE, February 4, 2018

A work in progress Wednesday, Governor Ricketts appeared before the Legislature's Revenue Committee to unveil his Nebraska Property Tax Cuts and Opportunities Act (LB947). Give the Gov credit, the bill touches all the bases: Lowers income tax brackets and rates Lowers...

Important Information on Dicamba

Important Information on Dicamba

A question arose late last week regarding the need for mixers and loaders to take the dicamba applicator training in Nebraska. Our state law and regulations classifies mixers and loaders of any RUP as handlers, in order to be consistent with the federal WPS rule....

WOTUS Update

WOTUS Update

Common Sense Nebraska Statement on WOTUS Enforcement Delay  "Today's announcement by EPA and Army Corps of Engineers to delay implementation of the 2015 Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule is another positive step toward the elimination of this harmful, vague, and...

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE, January 28, 2018

Fiscal notes Senators had a long week.  Literally.  Five days. Most of the session the Legislature convenes four days a week. Senators, especially those living in Greater Nebraska, are able to return to their districts for long weekends and sing praises about the good...

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE, January 21, 2018

All About The Calendar Monday is Day 12 of the 60-day legislative session. Mornings (9am - noon) are spent in floor debate on carryover bills from last year.  Bills introduced this session should start popping-up on the agenda soon. Afternoons (1:30pm - finish) are...

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE, January 14, 2018

Whose ox gets gored? The state budget faces a $175M - $200M shortfall in the second half of the biennial budget (7/1/18 - 6/30/19).  What's worse, annual tax revenues are projected to remain in the dumper as Ag producers took a beating again this year. This Governor,...