Senator Steve Erdman of Bayard says very little was accomplished during the legislative session completed this past Wednesday.
Erdman says he would not give the session a very high grade.
Erdman said, “We took more money from the rainy day fund to balance the budget. The state is basically living from pay check to pay check. We didn’t accomplish much in that regard, so my grade would be “unsatisfactory and needs improvement.”
Erdman says one of the things he will push harder for in an upcoming session is his bill to value ag land on its income potential instead of market value. Erdman’s effort this year stalled and never came out of committee.
Erdman says an initiative petition drive he supports that would place significant property tax relief on the November ballot is gaining a lot of traction.
Erdman says those carrying the petitions for the effort indicate the response from Nebraskans has been excellent. Erdman said, “the petition drive is going quite well. The people circulating the petitions say they almost sign themselves. When you get people a chance to vote to get part of their money back, that is a pretty easy sell.”
The initiative if passed would provide thirty percent property tax relief by giving income tax credits for half of the taxes they pay to school districts.