A lawmaker who introduced a wind-energy tax-credit bill says criticism of his measure is "puzzling," because it was designed to help rural Nebraska.
Sen. Steve Lathrop of Omaha said Friday that his bill would encourage investment in rural parts of the state, and give farmers a potential new revenue source. Lathrop says he intends to designate the measure as his "priority bill" for the year.
His comments came in response to a statement issued by Republican Gov. Dave Heineman, shortly after the Legislature's Revenue Committee advanced the measure to the full Legislature.
Heineman, who usually avoids commenting on bills before they reach his desk, said the vote was "very disappointing" and would extend "special interest tax breaks" to out-of-state companies.
Lathrop, an Omaha Democrat, is weighing a run for governor.