A master of legislative rules threatens to kill the governor’s tax proposal if it ever gets to the floor of the Unicameral.
Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha adamantly opposes Gov. Dave Heineman’s proposal to eliminate the state income tax and, during a speech on the floor of the legislature, made that clear, directing his comments to the Revenue Committee.
“If you send this bill to the floor as I want you to do, you will deliver the rest of the session into my hands,” Chambers stated.
Chambers warned fellow legislators that he has already prepared numerous amendments for each page of LB 405, enough amendments to tie up the rest of the 90-day legislative session. Chambers even suggested that the governor was not serious about the proposal and could not truly believe it would pass this legislative session.
Gov. Heineman, when asked during a news conference to respond to Sen. Chambers’ statement, stood fast in the face of the threat.
“We’re going to the mat on this one,” Heineman stated. “This is too important to our state and those who want to oppose it are basically for the status quo.”
A legislative hearing on the measure lasted for hours.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]