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“We need to fulfill our promise that neighborhood streets will be the primary focus on the quarter-cent sales tax.” – Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler, after voters narrowly approved a quarter-cent increase in sales taxes for six years to help pay for street repair and rehabilitation.

“Nebraskans’ money is funding other states’ priorities. There’s a lot of good this money can do right here in Nebraska.” – Lance Morgan, president and CEO of Ho-Chunk Inc., on the ballot initiative proposal filed that seeks to amend the state’s constitution to allow casino gambling at horse tracks.

“It’s sort of OK to fight with your brothers and sisters, but, when we walk out of here, we are a family, and we support each other. And this legislation, I hope, reminds us of that as we go into our long days and our hard days.” – Omaha Sen. Sara Howard, on the need for continuing unity in the Legislature after her bill that would tighten opioid prescription monitoring advanced.

“Spring games are wonderful. It’s a great chance to showcase the great fans that we have, but, from an evaluation standpoint as a coach, we’ve been looking at 14 other practices – and this is a small piece of it. I thought, overall, it was good.” – Nebraska football coach Scott Frost, summing up Saturday’s Red-White Spring Game.

“All of us were really looking forward to the trip, but we knew it was more important to help others out.” – Sydney Linse, a junior at Keya Paha County High School, after North Central student-athletes elected to put their money toward flood relief in Niobrara than traveling to Kearney for an annual trip.

“I don’t see this as a sales tax increase. I look at it as helping pay the judgment off.” – Adams Sen. Myron Dorn before his bill to allow a limited sales tax increase to pay off federal judgments – targeted to help Gage County pay the Beatrice Six – advanced to final reading.

“It’s just going to make everything safer, and people won’t have to be as worried about their friends who overconsume alcohol. And I really think it’s going to help make the Greek community to be more sustainable for the future.” – Andrea Harris, president of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Panhellenic Association, on the decision to ban hard liquor from most fraternity events.

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