State of Nebraska Archives: on Tax Reform


Ben Sasse: Taxation should be as simple as possible

Source: 2014 Senate campaign website, SasseForNebraska.com, "Issues" Nov 14, 2013

Dave Heineman: Eliminated sales tax exemptions, to eliminate income tax

Did you know that the State of Nebraska provides $5 billion in sales tax exemptions? Nebraska exempts more than we collect. Is that fair to our small businesses and working Nebraskans?

Imagine if we eliminated just half of the current exemptions. Nebraska wouldn't need to have an individual income tax or a corporate income tax.

I have asked business leaders if they would give up their sales tax exemptions if we could eliminate the individual income tax and the corporate income tax or at least lower the individual and corporate tax rates. You may be surprised, but many are willing to have that discussion. They want simplicity and fairness. They want a modern tax code that rewards productivity, profits and job creation rather than having their lawyers and accountants spending time mining the tax code for exemptions. Our tax system shouldn't favor one industry over another. Change is not easy, especially when it involves taxes, but this is the discussion that our state needs to have.

Source: 2013 Nebraska State of the State Address Jan 15, 2013

Deb Fischer: No increase in local property taxes

Deb Fischer said she has been a tax cutter in the Nebraska Legislature. She said new advertisements aired by one of her opponents, Attorney General Jon Bruning, mischaracterize her legislative record.

Jon Bruning's TV ad criticizes Fischer for opposing a constitutional amendment that would have placed a limit on state spending. Fischer noted that the amendment would have forced an increase in local property taxes and was rejected by Nebraska voters.

Bruning's campaign manager stood behind the ad: "The ad is 100% factual. Don Stenberg and Deb Fischer have been attacking Jon Bruning for months, and this ad sets the record straight."

Source: Omaha World Herald on 2012 Nebraska Senate ad review May 12, 2012

Dave Heineman: To build economy: no new taxes

In order to build on the progress of the past few years, it was critical that we solved revenue shortfalls by remaining committed to reducing spending and preventing tax increases in order to continue Nebraska's economic progress. We have seized the opportunity to make Nebraska more competitive. It required us to make difficult choices and required that we prioritize our investments during the next two years. And we have done that with this budget.
Source: 2011 Nebraska Gubernatorial press release May 17, 2011

Mike Johanns: No tax increase for research on celluosic ethanol

Johanns said, “Scott said corn-based ethanol will not be a part of our future. I could not disagree more.”

“I don’t know why, as Secretary of Agriculture, he urged the president to veto the Farm Bill, which included $1 billion of research for celluosic ethanol,” Kleeb countered.

Johanns said he makes no excuses for vetoing the bill. “I would do it again. You put a tax increase in a farm bill I will veto it just like I vetoed the state budget when they boxed it up with tax increases.”

Source: [Xref Kleeb] 2008 Nebraska Senate debate Aug 24, 2008

Scott Kleeb: Supports $1B in tax funds for research on celluosic ethanol

Johanns said, “Scott said corn-based ethanol will not be a part of our future. I could not disagree more.”

“I don’t know why, as Secretary of Agriculture, he urged the president to veto the Farm Bill, which included $1 billion of research for celluosic ethanol,” Kleeb countered.

Johanns said he makes no excuses for vetoing the bill. “I would do it again. You put a tax increase in a farm bill I will veto it just like I vetoed the state budget when they boxed it up with tax increases.”

Source: 2008 Nebraska Senate debate reported in Lincoln News Aug 24, 2008

Scott Kleeb: Keep middle-class out of AMT, estate tax, and capital gains

Source: Campaign booklet, Nebraska’s Brand of Change, p. 4-5 Aug 19, 2008

Mike Johanns: $60M in property tax relief over next two years

Keeping true to my pledge of providing direct property tax relief, I am asking the Legislature to approve $60 million dollars over the next two years for property tax relief through the State’s community colleges. We have funded this method of providing direct property tax relief in each of the last two years. It has been successful and we should continue this effort.
Source: 2001 State of the State Address to Nebraska Legislature Jan 11, 2001

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