Here’s what really broke the 2019 legislature

Fear of retaliation and distrust broke the 2019 Legislature.

As lawmakers approached the end of a session shortened by four days at the Speaker of the Legislature’s prerogative, passage of an upgraded economic development incentive bill was tied to the approval of a property tax relief bill. Both failed after threats of retaliation.

Distrust of one another as individuals became almost as strong as Democrats not trusting Republicans and vice versa, in the officially nonpartisan Nebraska Unicameral. Speaker Jim Scheer and several of his colleagues mentioned the situation in remarks on the final day of the session. All of this played out against a wellestablished (four years) record of retaliation by a Governor who has been known to make large personal cash contributions to defeat candidates he opposes – even members of his own party.


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