Governor Calls for Tax Reform Despite Committee's Belief More Time is Needed

By: Megan Johnson Email
By: Megan Johnson Email

Governor Dave Heineman says he still wants to see big changes to Nebraska's tax system, even though the committee charged with drafting an overhaul says they need more time.

Heineman spoke to members of the Nebraska Farmers Union at their convention on Friday.

He says the Tax Modernization Committee doesn't need more time, but rather the courage to make a decision.

Sen. Galen Hadley, chair of the committee, said earlier this week that finding tax relief for Nebraskans without losing revenue is a complicated situation, and they feel another year of study is needed.

"I believe we can find a package, a balanced package of property tax relief and income tax relief, and we need it now - we don't need it in 2050, we don't need to study for another year - we need to take action right now," says Heineman.

Heineman says he thinks when the Legislature convenes in January, state senators will start moving toward reform.

"They've spent the last year studying the tax system - they went to five different locations in Nebraska, Nebraskans were very adamant about what they told them - taxes are too high in this state, especially property taxes," says Heineman.

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