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The Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights that I will begin outlining today will be included in legislation I will introduce in January for the consumption tax. The Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights consists of ten...

 

Straight Talk from Steve

Just before noon on Thursday, August 27th, a fire was observed in northern Banner County near the Hubbard gap road. Due to extremely dry conditions, it expanded rapidly. The fire started on the Terry...

 

Straight Talk from Steve

The Nebraska Legislature has now adjourned for the year. I have now completed my fourth session in the Legislature. This was the first time since I have been elected that we completed the full session...

 

Straight Talk from Steve

We are now in the home stretch in the Legislative Session with only 3 days remaining to complete the 60 days requirement. Last week there was a compromise bill brought to the floor (LB 1107) that...

 
 By Steve Erdman    Opinion    July 22, 2020

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It's time to reopen Nebraska's schools. Children need to learn, so it is time for them to go back to school next month. Gov. Ricketts agrees. On Friday he said we can reopen the schools and manage...

 
 By Steve Erdman    Opinion    July 8, 2020

Straight Talk From Steve Erdman

According to the Preamble to the United States Constitution, in order for the people of the United States of America to create a more perfect union, “justice” must be firmly established as well...

 
 By Steve Erdman    Opinion    July 1, 2020

Straight Talk From Steve Erdman

Why do we celebrate the 4th of July? July 4, 1776 was the day we declared our independence from Great Britain. The document which contained that declaration was the Declaration of Independence, which...

 
 By Steve Erdman    Opinion    June 24, 2020

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Before we officially enter into the summer months, let’s give Nebraska’s agricultural economy a check-up, so is time to take an honest look at how Nebraska’s agricultural economy is really...

 
 By Steve Erdman    Opinion    June 17, 2020

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As you know, the nation has been rocked by violent protests for the past three weeks due to the wrongful death of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer. Last week some of these protestors even...

 
 By Steve Erdman    Opinion    June 3, 2020

Straight Talk from Steve Erdman

Today we know a lot more about COVID-19 than we did before the outbreak first occurred in China’s Wuhan Province. Unfortunately, those who make the policies for our states, do not always get their...

 
 By Steve Erdman    Opinion    May 27, 2020

Straight Talk from Steve

Enough is enough! We are now 60 days into the COVID-19 pandemic. When the pandemic first reached American soil, predictions were made by medical experts about its severity and mortality rate. At that...

 

STRAIGHT TALK: Petition Drive For Tax Relief Begins

Last week was a very busy week for me at the Capitol. On Monday the petition drive for the property tax relief ballot measure was launched. The petition drive will put onto the November ballot the...

 

STRAIGHT TALK: Tax Relief Bills Going To Hearing

On January 25 public hearings will be held on my two property tax relief bills, LB829 and LB899. If you would like to testify at the public hearing for either bill, please arrive at Hearing Room...

 

STRAIGHT TALK: LB829 Would Provide Necessary Tax Relief

LB829 is the number assigned to my property tax relief bill. LB829 will allow tax payers to get a 50 percent credit or refund on that portion of their property tax bill which goes to fund public...

 

STRAIGHT TALK: LB611 Would Protect Against Federal Funding Crisis

One bill I believe Nebraska needs is LB611. LB611 is a carry-over bill from last year. Last year the bill advanced out of the Appropriations Committee, where it also became the committee’s priority...

 

STRAIGHT TALK: Taxes and Valuations are High Priorities

Happy New Year and welcome to 2018! The second session of the 105th Nebraska Legislature will commence on January 3. So, this week I want to offer an update on some of the bills I have been working...

 

STRAIGHT TALK: Getting Ready for the New Legislative Session

As 2017 draws to a close, I sit by the fire with pen and paper in hand, reflecting on all that has transpired since I first took office back in January 2017. It has truly been an honor and a...

 

STRAIGHT TALK: All I Want For Christmas Is Property Tax Relief

Nebraskans pay too much in property taxes. According to the Tax Foundation, Nebraskans pay the seventh highest property taxes in the nation. Nebraskans pay 1.65 percent of their home’s value in prop...

 

STRAIGHT TALK: UNL Values Should Reflect The State's

On Thursday Nov. 16 Sen. Brewer (LD43), Sen. Halloran (LD33), and I, Sen. Steve Erdman (LD47), had a two hour meeting with University of Nebraska President, Hank Bounds, and Chancellor Ronnie Green. D...

 

Straight Talk: Working out of budget crunch

The Nebraska Forecasting Advisory Board meets periodically to forecast (or guess) how much money they think will be coming into the State’s general fund. Lawmakers use these projections to craft...

 

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