Government
7:58 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Taxes top agenda as Neb. Legislature convenes

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Legislature will convene for a 60-day session expected to focus on taxes but also include other issues ranging from Medicaid expansion to prison reform.

Lawmakers begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday for what will be Gov. Dave Heineman's final session.

The top issue likely will revolve around taxes, as Heineman pushes to cut property and income taxes. His efforts to change the system failed last year, but this time he's working more closely with business and farm groups.

Some lawmakers also will seek to expand Medicaid, though Heineman will likely lead an effort to block those efforts.

Prison reform is on the agenda in part due to the case of Nikko Jenkins, who is accused in four Omaha-area killings after his release from prison.

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