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The 103rd Legislature has convened, and this session promises to be a busy one for me and my colleagues. 2013 is a budget year, the first year in a two-year cycle. This means a long, 90-day session, during which we must set the two-year budget for fiscal year 2014-2015.
Setting the budget will involve debating education spending and inheritance tax, along with property, income, and sales tax. The Legislature will also face difficult decisions regarding health care and Medicaid expansion. Water funding is set to become a top issue as the drought continues across Nebraska.
This session I am pleased to join the Transportation and Telecommunications Committee as Vice Chair. I look forward to my new duties on Transportation and Telecommunications, along with continuing to serve on the Natural Resources Committee.
Our work is cut out for us this year, but I am hopeful this session will provide positive results for Nebraska. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Unicameral to serve you and your families.