When all is said and done, more is said than done
A majority of those who ran for or got elected to the Nebraska Legislature earlier this month gave lip service to the property tax problem that must be discussed during the coming session.
Even Governor Pete Ricketts promised, again, that this would be his priority. Let’s hope that such talk evolves into an overhaul of the state’s entire tax system. He says cutting taxes and promoting business growth will remain his top priorities for his next four years in office. He also says he thinks a similar measure in the last session wasn’t fully debated or understood.
Let’s hope, as well, that such talk doesn’t overshadow the other elephant in the room—the ailing Department of Corrections. Both issues absolutely have to be addressed.
Omaha Senator Steve Lathrop is coming back after his four-year term limit time out. He proved himself to be intrepid when he was hired during his absence as counsel to a special committee tracking down problems with the department. His presence was visibly discomforting to Corrections Director Scott Frakes and the governor. And that is a good thing, a very good thing.
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