What Did Nebraska Legislature Do in 2014?
By Martha Stoddard
The Nebraska Legislature wraps up a busy, yet often rancorous and frustrating, session today. Here's a checklist of major legislation passed, and not passed, this year.
Done: Indexed state income tax brackets for inflation.
Done: Increased state-funded property tax credits.
Done: Exempted agricultural machinery repair parts from sales tax.
Done: Approved limited tax exemptions for military retirement and Social Security income.
Not done: Eliminated inheritance and income taxes.
Not done: Exempted all military retirement and Social Security income from taxes.
Not done: Lowered property valuations on agricultural land.
Making the grade
Done: Established a state intervention system for struggling schools.
Done: Increased funding to start early childhood education programs.
Done: Eased truancy laws.
Not done: Allowed teachers and others to carry guns in schools.
Not done: Approved publicly funded charter schools.
Kids and families
Done: Banned minors from buying and using nicotine in electronic cigarettes.