Do the Math: 19 + 4 = Tax Fight in Gov’s Race

Omaha, NE.—19 words.

They appear to spell out the ground rules in the 2018 governor’s race between Republican Pete Ricketts and Democrat Bob Krist.

They make up the final sentence of a 236-word news report entitled: “7 things to know about Gov. Pete Ricketts tax plan.”

And here are all 19, courtesy of the Omaha World-Herald: “The plan does not spell out how the state would manage the loss of tax revenue in future years.” That’s right, according to the state’s largest newspaper, the Rickett’s tax plan lacks key details, doesn’t say what gets cut in the name of tax relief.

So guess what? Those 19 words spurred a 4-word Tweet from Dan Parsons, a key player on Team Krist. Parsons writing:  “Wing and a prayer.”

All this as lawmakers prepare to debate the Ricketts tax plan which the governor says would deliver “$4.5 billion in tax relief over 10 years.”

Critics of the plan call it a revenue drain, “cutting services that Nebraska children and working families rely upon every day,” according to the Holland Children’s Movement.

Ricketts admits his plan is no sure thing: “Getting tax relief done, however, will be very difficult.”

Difficult and likely to be an issue between Krist (can you say TV commercial?) and Ricketts between now and Election Day.

But in the short term—time is running out in this legislative session— Rickett’s challenge is finding the 33 votes needed to stop a floor-fight filibuster: A filibuster that is now armed with 19 key words.

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