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Brewer at the Legislature: ‘Untaxing’ social security payments

Sen. Tom Brewer - Nov. 23, 2022

During the last legislative session, I introduced a bill to stop treating social security payments as income and exempt them from Nebraska income tax. A similar bill was introduced by Sen. Brett Lindstrom. I chose not to pursue my bill so Sen. Lindstrom could pass his LB 64. He has been introducing bills to un-tax […]

Brewer at the Legislature: ‘Untaxing’ social security payments

Sen. Tom Brewer -

During the last legislative session, I introduced a bill to stop treating social security payments as income and exempt them from Nebraska income tax. A similar bill was introduced by Sen. Brett Lindstrom. I chose not to pursue my bill so Sen. Lindstrom could pass his LB 64. He has been introducing bills to un-tax […]

Brewer at the Legislature: R-Project is setup for wind generators

Sen. Tom Brewer - Nov. 19, 2022

I am very saddened to report that I received a call in my office this week from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announcing that Nebraska Public Power District plans to resume the permit process necessary to build the R-Project powerline through the Sandhills. I have strongly opposed this project from the day I was […]

Brewer at the Legislature: R-Project is setup for wind generators

Sen. Tom Brewer -

I am very saddened to report that I received a call in my office this week from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announcing that Nebraska Public Power District plans to resume the permit process necessary to build the R-Project powerline through the Sandhills. I have strongly opposed this project from the day I was […]

Brewer at the Legislature: Election gives us our marching orders

Sen. Tom Brewer - Nov. 11, 2022

Anyone who is registered to vote knows that Election Day 2022 has come and gone. This is true even if folks did not vote, because their mailboxes are no longer stuffed full of political mailers. Many of us stayed up late into the night on Election Day trying to discover who will be in positions […]

Brewer at the Legislature: Election gives us our marching orders

Sen. Tom Brewer -

Anyone who is registered to vote knows that Election Day 2022 has come and gone. This is true even if folks did not vote, because their mailboxes are no longer stuffed full of political mailers. Many of us stayed up late into the night on Election Day trying to discover who will be in positions […]

Brewer at the Legislature: Vaccine mandate has horribly failed troops

Sen. Tom Brewer - Nov. 8, 2022

Veterans Day is right around the corner. I normally write about how important it is for Nebraskans to take a moment to honor and remember our veterans on this special day. Today I would like to use the occasion of Veterans Day to emphasize the terrific injustice being done to our service members over the […]

Brewer at the Legislature: Vaccine mandate has horribly failed troops

Sen. Tom Brewer -

Veterans Day is right around the corner. I normally write about how important it is for Nebraskans to take a moment to honor and remember our veterans on this special day. Today I would like to use the occasion of Veterans Day to emphasize the terrific injustice being done to our service members over the […]

Brewer at the Legislature: No to increasing the minimum wage

Sen. Tom Brewer - Oct. 31, 2022

Initiative 433 will be on the ballot this coming Election Day. If the voters pass it, it will raise the minimum wage in Nebraska to $15 per hour by 2026. This has become the cause célèbre for many on the political left. I oppose initiative 433. I want the people of the 43rd District to […]

Brewer at the Legislature: No to increasing the minimum wage

Sen. Tom Brewer -

Initiative 433 will be on the ballot this coming Election Day. If the voters pass it, it will raise the minimum wage in Nebraska to $15 per hour by 2026. This has become the cause célèbre for many on the political left. I oppose initiative 433. I want the people of the 43rd District to […]

Brewer at the Legislature: How to help enact new laws

Sen. Tom Brewer - Oct. 21, 2022

The period of time between the election (8 November) and the beginning of the next legislative session (4 January) is when a majority of the “bill ideas” are turned into a bill ready to introduce. The first 10 legislative days are the only time bills can be introduced in a new legislative session.  The schedule […]

Brewer at the Legislature: How to help enact new laws

Sen. Tom Brewer -

The period of time between the election (8 November) and the beginning of the next legislative session (4 January) is when a majority of the “bill ideas” are turned into a bill ready to introduce. The first 10 legislative days are the only time bills can be introduced in a new legislative session.  The schedule […]

Brewer at the Legislature: ‘Renewable’ energy costs more, less reliable

Sen. Tom Brewer - Oct. 14, 2022

When I came to the Unicameral in 2017, I had just finished riding a mule for 600 miles across the largest legislative district in Nebraska. Everywhere I went people complained about industrial wind turbines, and how they rip apart the fabric of so many small rural communities. Today it is clear that the problems caused […]

Brewer at the Legislature: ‘Renewable’ energy costs more, less reliable

Sen. Tom Brewer -

When I came to the Unicameral in 2017, I had just finished riding a mule for 600 miles across the largest legislative district in Nebraska. Everywhere I went people complained about industrial wind turbines, and how they rip apart the fabric of so many small rural communities. Today it is clear that the problems caused […]

Brewer at the Legislature: Wyoming is good neighbor for energy

Sen. Tom Brewer - Sep. 30, 2022

One of the blessings of Nebraska is the border we share with the state of Wyoming, and the feeling is mutual. The similarities between the people, the culture, and the values in western Nebraska and eastern Wyoming are numerous. Here in Nebraska, we are a national leader in the production of food crops and we […]

Brewer at the Legislature: Wyoming is good neighbor for energy

Sen. Tom Brewer -

One of the blessings of Nebraska is the border we share with the state of Wyoming, and the feeling is mutual. The similarities between the people, the culture, and the values in western Nebraska and eastern Wyoming are numerous. Here in Nebraska, we are a national leader in the production of food crops and we […]

Brewer at the Legislature: Coming back with constitutional carry bill

Sen. Tom Brewer - Sep. 26, 2022

Fall weather has started making appearances here and there. This time of year is also when legislative proposals are being changed from hazy concepts into words on the page of a bill draft. The Legislature’s Revisor of Statutes makes that magic happen. Sometimes there is a lot of back and forth.  A major project that […]

Brewer at the Legislature: Coming back with constitutional carry bill

Sen. Tom Brewer -

Fall weather has started making appearances here and there. This time of year is also when legislative proposals are being changed from hazy concepts into words on the page of a bill draft. The Legislature’s Revisor of Statutes makes that magic happen. Sometimes there is a lot of back and forth.  A major project that […]

Brewer at the Legislature: Property taxes contribute unfair share to schools

Sen. Tom Brewer - Sep. 20, 2022

Every session of the legislature I introduce a resolution. Last session it was called LR 13 CA. It proposes a constitutional amendment to place a limit on how much property taxes can be used to fund public schools. Article VII, Section 1 of the Nebraska constitution reads; “The Legislature shall provide for the free instruction […]

Brewer at the Legislature: Property taxes contribute unfair share to schools

Sen. Tom Brewer -

Every session of the legislature I introduce a resolution. Last session it was called LR 13 CA. It proposes a constitutional amendment to place a limit on how much property taxes can be used to fund public schools. Article VII, Section 1 of the Nebraska constitution reads; “The Legislature shall provide for the free instruction […]