Don Walton: Challenges, Changes and Opportunities in the Legislature | Regional government
There have been powerful debates in the Legislature this session, well above the curve.
One of them was last week’s discussion of Senator Lou Ann Linehan’s bill that would provide tax credits to people whose private school donations help provide scholarships to students for that they attend schools that could better meet their needs.
This would include, in particular, some black students in Omaha who thrived in Catholic schools after failing in public schools for various reasons.
Senator Justin Wayne made a compelling argument to offer them this opportunity.
Color of me impractical, or just plain stupid, but if we care enough about something to write a check and provide some financial help, why not do it right away or ask for tax relief for a personal act of giving or charity?
There have been other excellent debates this session, probably with more to come.
Some of the more seasoned, reasonable, and moderate voices have just one session after this year – and most of those senators are Republicans who have helped keep the non-partisan legislature on track at a time when the politics is polarized in our country, more sharply divided and hopelessly partisan.
Partisanship is institutionalized in Congress by dividing the members of each party by separating them from each other in the chambers. Across the aisle are the adversaries, the enemy, the rest.