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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...

Nebraska Gov. Ricketts visits Germany for new trade mission

Nov. 11, 2019 10:44 AM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts is leading a trade mission to Germany to promote Nebraska agricultural products and reinforce the state's connections with German companies. Ricketts kicked off the trade mission Sunday in Berlin, where the delegation met with government officials and hosted...

Former superintendent sues Nebraska State Patrol over gun ID

Nov. 1, 2019 10:27 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A former superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol wants to carry a concealed firearm and is suing the patrol to get it. Bradley Rice was fired by Gov. Pete Ricketts in June 2017 amid a review that found evidence that high-ranking patrol staffers interfered with the agency's internal...

Nebraska board forecasts more money for state budget

Oct. 24, 2019 6:17 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska will get an extra $266 million in tax revenue for the state budget between now and June 2021, based on new Thursday estimates that could give lawmakers more wiggle room to pay for state government services and cut property taxes. Members of the Nebraska Economic Forecasting...

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...