Taxes Still Gov. Heineman's Top Issue
LINCOLN - Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman has made no bones about it; his number-one issue for his final legislative Session as governor is taxes. He told NewsTalk WJAG’s Susan Risinger that his idea to get rid of the state income tax, by removing some exemptions on the state’s sales tax didn’t go over well last year, but that it did start the conversation. The governor says he worked with business and ag groups all over that state on what he calls responsible, meaningful property and income tax relief. Heineman says he supports a bill that calls for ag land valuations to be reduced from 75 to 65 percent. Heineman says Nebraska has the largest cash reserve in its history and that lawmakers can afford up to a half-billion dollars in tax relief over the next three years.