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Greetings citizens of District 18!
What a great start to the New Year it has been! As some of you may know, I ran as the chairperson for the Retirement Systems Committee during my first day in the Legislative Chamber; and came to a very close second. I was only one vote away from being Nebraska’s first freshman Senator in decades to attain a chairmanship!
I have made a pledge to the citizens of this district to fight for the rights of retirees, and to ensure that these people retain more of their fixed income. One of my first bills, LB165, aims to do just that. The bill would eliminate the state social security income tax over the course of five years, and gradually give back to the citizens, while allowing the state government to adjust its operations during this transition.
Among some of my other bills is LB384 and LB385. LB385 would protect tenants from violent or threatening neighbors, while LB384 would affect property taxes. LB384 would allow farmers to reduce the effects of their property taxes by reclassifying their agricultural land. One of the major proponents of lower property taxes this year is Roger Brandt, citizen lobbyist. In the summer of 2014, after years of paying substantially high property taxes, he appealed to the former gubernatorial candidate Pete Ricketts, who agreed that Nebraskans’ property taxes are too high. In the Governor’s January “State of the State” speech, Brandt was recognized for his significant efforts in lobbying on behalf of the many Nebraskan land owners who agree: our property taxes are too high.
Ricketts prioritized property taxes as one of the key issues in Nebraska- which my bill would address. With the introduction of LB384, I hope to give people the tax relief they need during these hard times. This bill, along with LB564, will also encourage pheasant habitation. I hope, with these two bills, to make Nebraska a better state to enjoy hunting and recreation.
It is my sincere hope that all of you in District 18 will find pleasure in the great outdoors of Nebraska, and enjoy the good life we have built here. I would sincerely like to thank all of you for your support, and would encourage you to call or e-mail me with any questions or concerns. I would love to hear from you and greatly accept any input you may provide to improve our district and the state of Nebraska.