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Tom Briese always wanted to play a role in establishing policy, especially tax policy, and determining priorities for the state.
It had 28 votes.
And so the 2019 Legislature prepares to adjourn Friday after its journey through a brutal winter and hesitant spring, leaving tax reform and substantial property tax relief behind as senators flee Lincoln and step into June.
OK, we're playing hardball now.
What goes around comes around in the Legislature. And sometimes it happens quickly.
One more showdown.
A final effort to increase property tax relief beyond the $51 million annual hike in the property tax credit fund already approved by the Legislature collapsed Wednesday night.
The Legislature's Executive Board is clearing a pathway for potential enactment of a new state business tax-incentives program before senators are scheduled to conclude their legislative session next week.
Legislation to create a new business tax incentives program stalled on the floor of the Legislature on Wednesday with 19 proposed amendments or motions pending and pressure to enact property tax relief woven into the debate.
With the clock ticking on a legislative session in its stretch run, supporters of property tax relief prepared Tuesday for what they hope will be a final opportunity to shape a tax reform package this year.