So many big things lurking on the legislative agenda

A tax bill in limbo. A business incentive measure not far behind, notwithstanding the pending addition of grandiose plans to make Nebraska a nationally important health care destination.

Some things never change in the on-going urban-rural split at the Nebraska Legislature. But this year, the enemy could be time. It’s already Day 42 of the planned 60-day session of the nation’s only single house Legislature.

Two senators, one a veteran of six years and the other – while experienced on the national level – just finishing her first term, are pushing the big issues. Revenue Committee Chairwoman Lou Ann Linehan of Elkhorn is looking for 33 of her colleagues to get a property tax bill (LB974) off first-round dead center with the resilience to withstand a threatened filibuster. Linehan has worked for former Nebraska U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel in Washington, DC, as well as in Afghanistan for the Bush Administration.

 

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