Senator John Stinner of Gering is joining the list of legislative leaders questioning how effective a potential special session on property taxes will be.
Speaker Jim Scheer has not been supportive of the idea and Stinner told KNEB News having lawmakers meet again on the issue ten days after they adjourn next week probably won’t result in a lot of solutions to the problem.
Stinner said, “That gives us almost no time to research, prepare or form coalitions for property tax relief, which means we will be back to talking about the same issues we couldn’t pass before.”
Governor Ricketts has voiced his opposition to a special session and indicated he will not support anything that involves an increase or shifting of taxes. Stinner says that would leave more budget cuts as the only possible solution. As Chairman of the Appropriations Committee, Stinner said they have already cut 1.3 billion dollars from the budget, and any more cuts at this time might impact the way the state operates.
Senator Tom Brewer of Gordon has suggested the special session, but he would need 33 positive votes out of the 49 senators to get a special session called.