Heineman Wants His Tax Reform Proposals Dropped

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

Gov. Dave Heineman has asked the Legislature's tax-policy committee to kill both of his tax-reform proposals so lawmakers can start a new, inclusive discussion over Nebraska's tax climate.

Heineman said Saturday he has asked Revenue Committee Chairman Sen. Galen Hadley to indefinitely postpone the tax proposals he championed in his State of the State address.

The Republican governor's bills would have eliminated Nebraska's income tax or at least reduced what retirees pay. But the proposals faced resistance from farm groups, hospitals and manufacturers who would have lost sales tax-exemptions in the process.

Heineman said he wanted to heed concerns from those groups that the discussion was moving too quickly. Hadley said the committee will hold hearings throughout the state for input on how to modernize Nebraska's system.

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