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Senator Erdman holds discussion


Brandon L. Summers

State Sen. Steve Erdman greets Marge Jorgensen at Dude's Steakhouse. Erdman stopped in Sidney last week as one of three stops to visit with constituents in the Panhandle.

State Senator Steve Erdman, of Bayard, visited Sidney Friday to speak about the current legislative session.

Erdman explained to an audience of 15 at Dude's Steakhouse problems facing the Legislature.

A member of the Committee on Committees, Erdman said the education and judiciary committees are balanced toward progressives.

"In Judiciary we have two very conservative people and six progressive people, and on education we're four-to-four," he said. "So those two committees have a difficult time bringing things to the floor that would make sense for property tax relief."

Erdman advocated property tax reform.

County commissioners and the state's universities have large cash reserves, Erdman said, but ask for funding increases annually.

"Those taxing entities have a significant amount of cash reserves, far greater than they need," he said. "They're abusing the fact that they can have this cash reserve. What they do is they take your tax dollars and put it in a bank account somewhere, and I think that's wrong."

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