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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE, April 1, 2019

Feelings In the 1949 comedy, "It Happens Every Spring", a college professor (Ray Milland) accidentally discovers a fluid that when wiped on an object (like a baseball) is repelled by wood (a bat). The Prof takes leave from the university to pitch in the Big's. Cute...

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE, March 25, 2019

Semikaput Last week, the Legislature strolled past midpoint of their 90-day session. With 44 legislative days remaining (until June 6), and a smattering of hearings this week, we approach the time when hundreds and hundreds of completely unpassable concoctions are...

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE, March 11, 2019

QUANDARY WalletHub says Nebraska’s effective total state and local tax rate is 49th worst in the country. The Tax Foundation ranks our property taxes the 40th highest. They also say we are middle of the pack in terms of our sales taxes (#25) and business tax climate...

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE, March 4, 2019

FINAL FINAL Reading in Nebraska's unicameral process is the third and FINAL round of floor debate. Advancing a bill to FINAL Reading is a simple step-by-step process. Step #1 Senator introduces the bill. BTW, your friendly neighborhood lobbyist can be a terrific...

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE, February 25, 2019

30 Days In the mid-2000’s, “30 Days” was a reality television series on the FX Channel. Each episode, a person was immersed for thirty days in a totally unfamiliar lifestyle, like working for minimum wage, as a prisoner, or a Christian living as a Muslim. It was...

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE, February 18, 2019

“Here’s looking at you, kid” “Unicameral, Unicameral, don’t tax me – tax that fellow behind the tree.” Valentine’s Day, the Revenue Committee hearings featured three property relief bills: LB314, LB497 and LB677. Each would lower property taxes by shifting a greater...

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE, February 11, 2019

The Iron Chancellor Dead guy, Otto von Bismarck said, “If you like laws and sausages, you should never watch either one being made.” Quaint. We can all agree that Otto was not a handsome man, but he was blessed with a truly enormous set of eyebrows. And what does Otto...

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE, February 4, 2019

Drop Anchor As floor debate clipped along Friday morning, Speaker Scheer announced that Senator John Stinner, Chairman of the Appropriations Committee, would review the budget, because that’s what John does. John had good news: his committee is working really hard....

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE, January 28, 2019

Winner Winner Chick’n Dinner Bill introductions concluded last Wednesday. The kids had a terrific time submitting 755 pieces of simply fabulous legislation. That’s an average of about 14 bills per senator. Every citizen in every socioeconomic class has something to...