Nebraska Gov. Ricketts sees ‘no need’ for special session

April 10, 2018

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Gov. Pete Ricketts is pushing back against an effort to draw Nebraska lawmakers into a special session to address complaints about high property taxes.

Ricketts told reporters Tuesday he sees “no need” for a special session, arguing that it wouldn’t accomplish anything.

The Republican governor says on Twitter that lawmakers “shouldn’t even be considering” a special session and accuses them of being “fixated on increasing taxes.”

His comments came after Sen. Tom Brewer of Gordon filed a request that could trigger a special session later this year, if 33 of the Legislature’s 49 senators agree.

A last-ditch effort to pass a tax package stalled over the weekend when senators failed to reach an agreement. Ricketts had endorsed one of the stalled proposals. This year’s regular session is nearly over.

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