While John Murante may represent District 49 in the Nebraska Legislature, he said he is eager to work for all of Sarpy County and the State of Nebraska.
Murante’s district covers the northwestern part of Sarpy County, which includes Gretna, Papillion west of 96th Street and La Vista west of 108th Street. But he has set his eyes set on abolishing the Learning Community and to pass a tax relief package, both of which he said would benefit the whole state.
The Learning Community, which takes and redistributes tax dollars to school districts based on population and poverty levels, may have other senators calling for reformation. Murante, however, said he would work on abolishing it before finding another way to assist lower performing districts.
Murante partnered with Sarpy County Sens. Bill Kintner, Jim Smith and Scott Price to introduce Legislative Bill 179, which would abolish the Learning Community.
Murante said that districts like Omaha Public Schools face many problems such as poor test scores, but those problems won’t go away by giving away Sarpy County tax dollars. While the Learning Community has been in place for four years, OPS test scores have reached their lowest point in 18 years, he said.
“It starts by getting rid of (the Learning Community),” he said. “It’s just not working.”
Nevertheless, Murante said the state has an obligation and duty to ensure an excellent education for the children of poor performing districts.
“I am willing to sit down with any state senator who’s willing to take a hard look at the metro districts’ operations,” he said.
When it comes to state taxes, Murante said he is also determined to get a fair tax relief package for the working families of Nebraska.
“If we’re going to keep this economy going, we need to work to put tax money back in the hands of Nebraskans,” he said.
He said after Gov. Dave Heineman presents his tax relief package, which he did Jan. 15, it is the duty of state senators to analyze the package fully, pointing where it may fall short or reach too far and making recommendations based on that analysis.
“But at the end of the day, there is going to be a package put on the table,” he said.
“We need to get that passed for the working people of Nebraska.”
Murante said he is excited to start working for the state and District 49. He said that he welcomes any resident input, whether from his district or the county.
He can be reached in his office at 402-471-2725 or via email at email@example.com.