The 2010 session of the Nebraska legislature wrapped up this week and veteran Senator Cap Dierks of Ewing says it was a productive session.
“We got 95% of the priority bills processed and passed,” Dierks says. “We didn’t spend a whole lot of money. I think that people are recognizing the financial stress that we are under and will continue to be under. The bills we needed to get done, we got done.”
Dierks says he believes the underlying theme was saving money and cutting spending. Lawmakers took nearly $50-million out of the budget, after slicing out $335-million out last fall. He notes, the next report on Nebraska’s financial health from the state’s economic forecasting board won’t be released until October.
He says, “That’s gotta’ be the thermometer we go by as far as getting bills passed, how does it affect our economy and how does it affect our bottom line?” Dierks says there is still work to be done on many issues, among them, property taxes in rural areas. He says that is getting more complicated.
“You’ve gotta’ have a reduction in the need or else do a tax shift and the need doesn’t go away,” Dierks says. The legislative session concluded on Wednesday.
Thanks to Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton