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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE, April 8, 2018

Compromise? Friday was Day 56 (of 60).  It was 3:30 pm when Speaker, Jim Scheer, stepped to his microphone. The fourth tax relief bill offered this year had just been blocked by yet another filibuster. The fifth, and final, tax relief bill seems destined for the same...

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE, March 25, 2018

Iron Eyes This characterization of Iron Eyes Cody (Keep America Beautiful) sums-up the emotions of those who paid attention to floor debate last week. There was sincere partisanship, a genuine adversity for compromise and rules abuse by senators of every persuasion....

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE, March 18, 2018

R’s & D’s Last Monday, senators were briefed on the proposed second year of the $8.8 billion biennial budget, as drafted by the 9-member Appropriations Committee. Tuesday, the three budget bills opened on General File, so the remaining 40 senators might...

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE, March 11, 2018

The Nutty Professor Good news for all Nebraskans! The 60th and final legislative day is April 18.  The Speaker might adjourn the kids on April 11 (Day 59) if they play nice and do their chores. This week, senators will begin debate on mid-term adjustments to the...

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE, March 4, 2018

Primarily The May 15 Primary Election field is set. Twenty-four seats are in play. Six senators are unopposed and 53 candidates are in the mix for the other 18 Districts.  For the latest rundown on legislative candidates, go to Links below and click on "Primary...

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE, January 25, 2018

Unopposed Thursday is the last day non-incumbents can file for office for the primary election. Twenty four seats in the Legislature are up for election this cycle. Nine incumbent senators are running unopposed and desperately hoping to remain that way on March 2. No...

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...