Finding a fair way to disperse state funds for education continues to be a contentious issue for Nebraska lawmakers. Senator Jim Scheer, of Norfolk, is a member of the legislature’ Education committee and also served on the State Board of Education. Scheer says he and his fellow committee members met in Lincoln last weekend to look at several funding options, including one of his own.
Scheer says the sales tax option would help to reduce tensions between the state’s large and small school districts since it would allow each of the districts to collect revenue using their own resources. He says he isn’t sure what kind of support he’d have for such a proposal in the Unicameral.
Scheer says he may introduce such a bill when the Legislature reconvenes in January of 2014.