As Gov. Jim Pillen’s bold plan to cut property taxes continues to limp along in the Legislature, Pillen admits he's not where he wants to be.

And as NCN’s Joe Jordan tells us that keeps the possibility of a special session alive.

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All the tax talk and frustration are building.

State Sen. Lou Ann Linehan, Elkhorn (R): “It’s hard, it’s really hard when you’re not on the floor. People come up to me and say ‘well you didn’t you talk to me,’ I can’t talk to you if you’re not here.”

Early on it was raising the state sales tax by one cent that was going to pay for Gov. Jim Pillen’s plan to cut property taxes. That didn’t fly.

Then the talk turned to income taxes.

Right now, the highest individual income tax rate is 6.64%, due to be cut to 5.84% by 2027.

The highest corporate tax rate is 7.25% heading to 5.84% by 2027.

But conservatives like the Platte Institute shot back, arguing: “Recent developments suggest there’s a risk of these hard-fought gains being diluted or delayed…a move that could inject uncertainty into our economy.”

So touching income taxes went off the table as well.

Sen. Conrad: “I appreciate and understand that there’s been a consistent laser-like focus to quote, unquote reduce property taxes, which we all share but there is no doubt that we have different solutions and ideas about how to get there.”

The latest last-minute plan finds a variety of other “pay-fors.”

Easier access to existing income tax credits, that many taxpayers have been missing out on, according to officials.

And then there’s a $1 cigarette tax, right now it’s 64 cents.

Charging sales tax on soda pop, candy, vet services for pets and internet ads.

But even those changes leave Pillen’s plan to cut property taxes well short.

Instead of raising $1 billion, the new plan raises $200 million. Instead of cutting property taxes 40 percent, it’s now closer to 10 percent.

Clearly, a far cry from what the Governor had in mind.

Gov. Jim Pillen, Nebraska (R): “I’m not stopping, we’re not there. We’ll keep working until we get there.”

Which keeps the door open to a possible special session later this year.