The 2011 session of the Nebraska Legislature opens today in Lincoln. Freshman Senator-elect Tyson Larson of O’Neill expects a very busy start and says he’s been doing his homework.
Larson says he’s “really excited” and has been working constantly to prepare himself to take issues that were part of his campaign and move them into legislative bill draft form.
Larson says he has a handful of bills ready to introduce, including one that would move the state toward a flat income tax, for individuals and businesses.
“Nebraska is a too-high tax state,” Larson says. “It’s not conducive to business development and we have to encourage individuals and businesses to come to our state if we want to grow and let the next generation of leaders succeed.”
Larson notes that the legislature is facing a two-year budget gap of nearly a billion dollars.
“We’re going to hear a lot of ideas and we’re going to see the appropriations committee line-by-line and I think that’ll be really telling,” Larson says, “to see where we should cut and how we should cut.”
State law requires the legislature to pass a balanced budget. Last fall, a state economic forecasting panel projected a budget gap of $1.4 billion through mid-2013.
Thanks to Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton