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 By Steve Erdman    Opinion    January 27, 2021 

Straight Talk from Steve

Nebraska’s tax system is completely broken. Nebraska is the worst state in the nation for the inheritance tax, the seventh worst state for property taxes and only Wisconsin beats Nebraska in terms...

 

Straight Talk from Steve

I will introduce a bill to move the headquarters of the Game and Parks Department to the City of Sidney. Currently, state law mandates that the headquarters for the Game and Parks Department be in...

 

Straight Talk from Steve

The 107th Legislative Session has now begun. I will continue to serve on the Appropriations Committee, and strive to bring common sense to how we spend your money. This year I will be introducing a...

 

A Christmas Letter

Christmas is our nation’s first federal holiday. Christmas was first declared as a national holiday back in 1789. Since this time there has been an unbroken history of official acknowledgement of...

 

Straight Talk From Steve

We are finally getting some good news about the coronavirus. The number of hospitalizations in Nebraska declined last week and both Moderna and Pfizer are beginning to send out vaccinations. Because...

 

Straight Talk from Steve

As you may know, for the past several weeks I have been delineating the ten rights of the Nebraska Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, which I plan to include in legislation for the consumption tax in...

 

Straight Talk from Steve

As you may know, for the past several weeks I have been telling my readers about the Nebraska Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights. This Bill of Rights will be included in legislation for the consumption tax...

 

Straight Talk from Steve

Thursday is Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a time for us to reflect on the many ways that God has blessed us throughout the year. While the year 2020 has been particularly hard on many of us due to...

 

Straight Talk From Steve

Today (Wednesday) is Veterans Day. Our forefathers risked their lives in order to preserve our constitutional republic as well as the freedoms contained in our American Constitution. These principles...

 

Consumption Tax

Over the course of the past several weeks I have been outlining the Nebraska Taxpayer Bill of Rights which will appear in Legislation I plan to introduce in January for a consumption tax. The consumpt...

 

Straight Talk from Steve

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

Straight Talk from Steve

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

Straight Talk from Steve Erdman

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

Straight Talk from Steve

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...

 

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