Property tax relief and job growth key topics at Pre-Legislative Breakfast

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SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. Senator John Stinner and Lieutenant Governor Mike Foley spoke at the Pre-Legislative Breakfast this morning.

For accomplishments, they are continuing to control government spending. In the next session, they will focus on property taxes. (Brian Sherrod, KNEP)

They provided an overview on what has been accomplished and what to expect for the next session.

For accomplishments, they are continuing to control government spending. It would include salary increases, benefit increases, placing money into emergency funds, allocating more dollars to nursing homes, addressing costs studies with behavioral health, property tax relief fund and higher education.

In the next session, they will focus on property taxes, Imagine Nebraska used to attract and retain businesses, relief for farmers especially those impacted by the irrigation canal failure, keeping nursing homes open and retaining workers for their correction and prison facilities.

A statement that has really impacted them is residents feeling that they are not doing anything to fix the issues.

“Well I am frustrated because $275 million is a big number,” said Senator John Stinner, (R) Nebraska. “It certainly is as you start to look at some of the other initiatives and competing initiatives that make it a big number. What people don’t understand is the state receives zero dollars from property tax and we are re-purposing income tax, sales tax and miscellaneous tax receipts for property tax relief.”