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Gov. Heineman and Sen. Harms keynote speakers at pre-Legislative breakfast

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In less than one month, Nebraska lawmakers will start a new legislative session in Lincoln.

Today, Governor Dave Heineman and Scottsbluff Senator John Harms talked to the community about the issues the state is facing for the upcoming session.

Heineman says that the economy, jobs, education, and health care are all hot-topics for 2014.

But the one topic that both he and senator harms spent time discussing was tax relief.

Currently, Nebraska has $700 million in its state cash reserve. "I certainly think we can use some of it relative to tax relief and we should use some of it," explains Heineman. "Also, you got a growing economy, and we've controlled spending, so there are plenty of ways to find a significant tax relief package and that's what I'm going to advocate for."

However, Senator Harms is taking a more conservative approach to those excess funds in the state's coffers.

"I at least want to make sure that we have enough money in there," counters Harms. "So the argument will be- and the debate will be- what is enough?"

Senator Harms also expects the death penalty, medicaid expansion and prison reform to be some of the big issues he and his colleagues begin to tackle when the reconvene in January.

This will be Senator Harms' last year as a state senator due to term limits, and told the crowd that it has been an honor to serve the constituents of the 48th Legislative District, and hopes that he made a positive difference in the community and the state.

 

 

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