State Senator Steve Erdman has been making a swing through his district for a series of town halls ahead of the coming legislative session, and property taxes and Medicaid expansion have been hot topics among constituents.
During a stop in Bayard Tuesday evening, Erdman told the group that with the majority of voters in the 47th District going against Medicaid expansion, his stance during the session will be reflective of that vote.
Erdman tells KNEB News that he fears the expansion of the number people eligible for Medicaid will lead to unintended consequences. “We as a state offer 32 services, we’re required by the Federal Government to offer 13, so some of those (services) people have like dental and eye care are going to be diluted with another 90,000 or whatever the number may be,” says Erdman, “Some of those services may be reduced, and that’s not exactly what I think the Medicaid expansion people wanted to happen.”
Meanwhile, Erdman says it will be a very difficult budget year when the legislature meets in January, even with somewhat improved projections on the budget deficit.
Erdman tells says he really sees only one way to provide any type of cut to property and other taxes, and that’s making real cuts in spending, not just reducing the amount of budget increases as has happened in the past.
The senator is also working with the Governor’s office on a measure that would change ag land valuation from market value to a production potential basis. Erdman says he will also introduce another measure to cut property taxes, this time as a Constitutional amendment that would provide an income tax credit or refund equal to 35% of property taxes assessed.