Statement by Mark McHargue, President, Regarding Gov. Pillen’s Education Funding Reform Legislative Plan
LINCOLN, NEB. – “Today’s announcement by Governor Jim Pillen of his education priority bills is a step in the right direction towards reforming how we fund K-12 schools in Nebraska. Education is important to all of us in Nebraska, but there is a clear inequity in our current funding system when 158 of the 244 school districts in our state receive no state equalization aid. This proposal aims at correcting that imbalance by doing more to fulfill the state’s obligation to fund K-12 education across Nebraska while also reducing property taxes.”
“We want to thank Gov. Pillen, state senators, and other stakeholders who helped bring the proposal to the table. We look forward to working with the Legislature this session to address the long-standing concern of how we fund education while respecting the need to reduce property tax pressures on Nebraska taxpayers.” The Nebraska Farm Bureau is a grassroots, state-wide organization dedicated to supporting farm and ranch families and working for the benefit of all Nebraskans through a wide variety of educational, service, and advocacy efforts. More than 55,000 families across Nebraska are Farm Bureau members, working together to achieve rural and urban prosperity as agriculture is a key fuel to Nebraska’s economy. For more information about Nebraska Farm Bureau and agriculture, visit www.nefb.org.