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One of Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts’ property tax proposals has stalled in a legislative committee, but lawmakers are still working on a package to address the complaints of farmers, ranchers and homeowners.

The governor’s proposed constitutional amendment didn’t get enough support Wednesday to advance out of the Revenue Committee. It would have prevented local government revenue from growing by more than 3 percent annually.

The package stalled on a 4-2 vote, with two senators not voting. At least five votes were needed.

Another bill proposed by Ricketts advanced out of committee on a 6-2 vote, but no senator has designated it as a priority so it’s unlikely to be debated. That bill would have required the state to commit at least $275 million a year to a property tax credit.

LINCOLN, Neb. – The major disaster declaration for the State of Nebraska has been amended to authorize Public Assistance (PA) grants for 50 counties to help pay for repair and replacement of public facilities damaged as a result of the March winter storm and flooding.

Previously 65 counties and five tribal nations were approved for Public Assistance grants to reimburse the cost of emergency services and debris removal, including direct federal assistance (Categories A-B). Damage assessments are continuing and more counties and tribal nations may be designated for additional reimbursement for public facilities (Categories C-G). These facilities include roads and bridges, water control facilities, buildings and equipment, utilities, parks and recreational areas,

The following are now eligible for Categories C-G at a federal cost share of not less than 75 percent:

Adams, Antelope, Blaine, Boone, Box Butte, Boyd, Buffalo, Burt, Butler, Cass, Cedar, Colfax, Cuming, Custer, Dakota, Dixon, Dodge, Douglas, Fillmore, Frontier, Furnas, Gage, Garfield, Gosper, Greeley, Hall, Holt, Howard, Jefferson, Johnson, Knox, Lancaster, Logan, Loup, Madison, Morrill, Nance, Nemaha, Otoe, Pawnee, Pierce, Platte, Richardson, Saline, Sarpy, Sherman, Valley, Wayne, Washington and Wheeler Counties.

LINCOLN – This morning, Governor Pete Ricketts attended the state’s annual FFA Convention to recognize the outstanding achievements of Nebraska’s students.


“Agriculture is Nebraska’s number one industry and the backbone of this great state,” said Governor Ricketts.  “As we look to the future, expanding opportunities in agriculture will be vital to growing the Good Life that we enjoy.  The Nebraska FFA is doing tremendous work to cultivate the potential of the rising generation of ag leaders.  Thanks in large part to the FFA’s efforts, Nebraska’s future farmers and ranchers will be equipped with the creativity, competence, and character to succeed professionally and grow their communities well.  With brilliant young leaders like these, the state’s future is bright.”


“The Nebraska FFA program has a rich history of educating students about agriculture and the many careers available to them in the agricultural industry,” said Nebraska Department of Agriculture Director Steve Wellman.  “The annual State FFA Convention allows students an opportunity to join together to celebrate their successes and learn from each other.  Congratulations to all the FFA members on their accomplishments.”


Nebraska has nearly 9,000 FFA members in 184 chapters throughout the state.  Through innovative curriculum and real-world opportunities, the FFA helps students develop leadership skills, enhances their knowledge of the ag industry, and positions them for career success.