Legislature adopts biennial budget | Nebraska
The legislature has fulfilled its constitutional obligation to adopt a budget for the next two years. The biennial budget includes more than $ 40 million to increase broadband across Nebraska and an additional $ 500 million for property tax relief. Each of the budget bills passed final reading and sent to Governor Ricketts for signature.
Property taxes continue to be one of the most controversial issues in the legislature year after year. Nebraska continues to be among the top-taxed states when it comes to property taxes, especially compared to neighboring states. I find it very disappointing that senators, especially rural senators, continue to oppose property tax relief. Last week, two property tax bills were heard on the floor of the Legislative Assembly on the general record.
LB2, introduced by Senator Briese, reduces the valuation of agricultural and horticultural land to 50% of its actual value for the purposes of school obligations. There were other measures in the bill that were obstructed and changed out of the bill so that the bill was moved to Select File. I
LB408 creates the Land Tax Claims Act, which would cap the amount of property taxes that can be increased each year to 3% over the previous year. However, this ceiling could be exceeded by a majority vote in an election, but could not be exceeded for more than two consecutive years. Currently, there is no cap on the amount of property taxes that can increase from year to year, and local governments continue to collect additional revenue well beyond the natural or actual increase in property values. residential and agricultural. This bill was obstructed by opposing senators who saw no need to reduce property taxes, saying it was an attack on local control and which ultimately failed progressed.
LR14 is a resolution presented by Senator Halloran that I co-sponsored that calls for a State Convention, as set out in Article V of the United States Constitution, to propose constitutional amendments. The current 27 constitutional amendments have been ratified by two-thirds of both the House of Representatives and the Senate, and the Constitutional Amendment process of the States Convention has not yet been used.
Currently, 15 states have already passed similar resolutions, and for a State Convention to come to fruition, 34 of these States would be needed. Last Friday there was a withdrawal motion to remove LR14 from the government committee to be placed on the general record and debated by the full Legislative Assembly. This motion did not receive the necessary number of votes to be accepted.
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