(Neb)-Unicameral Begins 2017 Session Tomorrow
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska lawmakers kick off their 2017 session tomorrow facing some major issues, including a push for tax reforms and a nearly $900 million budget shortfall.
Complicating matters is the fact that 17 of the 49 state senators are newly elected. The shake-up due to term limits and incumbents who were defeated could set a new tone in the officially nonpartisan, one-house Legislature.
The session is likely to include debates over cutting income, sales and property taxes. Gov. Pete Ricketts has said he believes the state can reduce income and property taxes while still balancing the budget despite the revenue shortfall.
He also hopes to build on his first two years of work to slow the growth of state spending, but has promised...along with a number of lawmakers...to take additional steps to address staffing shortages in the Department of Correctional Services.
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