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Senator Rob Clements Column 8-14-2020

2020 Legislative Session Major Bills

The 2020 Legislative Session has ended after a four month delay due to COVID 19. Major bills were passed, including property tax relief, business incentives, an abortion ban, and a military pension exemption.

LB 1107, which I supported, is a new property tax credit. State funding starts at $125 million in 2020, increasing to $375 million by year 5. The credit is about 6% of your school property tax paid, increasing later to 18% and is a refundable income tax credit. State revenues must increase by 3.5% before the fund increases, but it is guaranteed to be $375 million by 2025. Then it increases with the growth of statewide property values. This is a good start, but we still need a better long-term solution. Still in effect is the current $275 million Property Tax Credit, which is deducted from your property tax bill, based on your property value.

The new business incentive plan, called ImagiNE Nebraska, replaces the Nebraska Advantage Act. It provides $25 million each of the first two years, $100 million years 3 and 4, and $150 million in year 5. It has much better reporting of taxes forgiven and its economic benefits.

The third part of LB 1107 includes funds up to $300 million if UNMC is selected for a federal biocontainment and research hospital. It is funded only after the new property tax fund reaches $375 million.

Another bill, LB 814, bans dismemberment abortion of live babies. I was a co-sponsor, and it passed with 33 votes. It survived an intense filibuster, and I am glad we now ban this inhumane second trimester procedure. I thank Sen. Suzanne Geist of Lincoln for her hard work in this effort. Only the doctor, not the woman would be charged with a violation.

Finally, LB 153 exempts 50% of military retirement pay from state income tax. It starts Jan. 1, 2022 so the $12 million cost can be budgeted. This will make Nebraska more competitive with our neighboring states who do not tax military pensions at all. It encourages retiring veterans to stay in Nebraska, get private jobs, buy houses, and contribute to our economy. I was glad to be a co-sponsor and to help pass it this session.

Feel free to contact me or my staff for assistance, information, or questions on issues. You may reach me at: Senator Rob Clements, State Capitol Rm 812, Lincoln, NE 68509, Phone 402­471­2613, or email: rclements@leg.ne.gov.

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