Latest Nebraska State Legislature News

Nebraska state tax collections exceed projections in October

Nov. 15, 2019 12:28 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska state government once again collected more tax revenue than expected last month. The Nebraska Department of Revenue reported Friday that the state received a net of $290 million in October, which is nearly 9% higher than the $266 million expected in an April forecast. The...

Ricketts: Property tax fix ‘imperative’ in 2020 session

Nov. 13, 2019 6:56 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts says it’s “imperative” that he and lawmakers come up with a way to lower property taxes that can win approval in the upcoming legislative session. Ricketts expressed confidence Wednesday that lawmakers will find a way, despite an ongoing...

High-speed internet shortage a big concern in rural Nebraska

Nov. 10, 2019 10:37 AM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's rural areas are struggling with a major shortage of high-speed internet, and people who live there are likely paying more for service than their urban counterparts, according to a new report commissioned by state lawmakers. The report by the Rural Broadband Task Force says...

Nebraska payday lending ballot campaign gets $485,000 boost

Nov. 3, 2019 9:38 AM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A ballot campaign seeking to tighten the cap on how much interest payday lenders can charge in Nebraska has received a major boost from a national donor, increasing the odds that it will succeed in placing the issue on the 2020 ballot. Nebraskans for Responsible Lending received...

Nebraska senators: More revenue could mean property tax cuts

Oct. 20, 2019 11:14 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers who want to lower property taxes and replenish the state's rainy-day fund could have a slightly easier time accomplishing those goals next year, but many are still worried about the impact of major flooding and the struggling farm economy. Key lawmakers said they're...

Nebraska could boost K-12 school aid to lower property taxes

Oct. 13, 2019 10:12 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers who pledged to lower property taxes are getting ready to try again with a proposal that would boost state aid for K-12 public schools while restricting the districts' taxing power. The tentative proposal, which has generated strong opposition from educators, would...

Nebraska faces big bill as pest kills thousands of ash trees

Oct. 6, 2019 10:56 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraskans will need to spend nearly $1 billion over the next few decades to remove ash trees killed by an invasive pest, but local governments probably won't be able to afford the cost and it's not clear how much help they'll get from the state. Lawmakers renewed their search last...