Senator elect meets with business leaders. District 2 State Senator-Elect Bill Kintner said “free market capitalism” was one of the main platforms that he laid out to voters in the general election campaign. “I want to do everything I can to stimulate business,” he said in remarks to the Plattsmouth Chamber of Commerce-sponsored forum.
The Cassgram reports “And I want to do that with as minimal—as minimal—amount of government interference as possible.”
Kintner said the government is not in the business of picking winners and losers but needs to serve as a referee to keep the playing field level. He cautioned that there is not much he can do as a state senator to take away any federal regulations or tax laws, but he is interested in developing ways to keep Nebraska a “business friendly” state.
---Questions from the audience concerned infrastructure and its importance to economic growth. “I will be in there fighting” to make sure District 2 gets its fair share of highway funding, promised Kintner. He added that the continued Highway 75 expansion from Plattsmouth south to Nebraska City “is absolutely key to further development of Sarpy County, Cass County and Otoe County.”
---Sales taxes on online sales should be the same as what the small businessman has to collect, said Kintner. “That would level the playing field.”
---The Cass County Board of Commissioners has gone on record in favor of retaining the state inheritance tax laws. There were no questions from the audience about it but Kintner brought up his opposition to the tax on his own. “I think the inheritance tax is a horrible tax,” he said. Kintner said he would vote for a bill to slowly phase out the inheritance tax provided the bill also contains a way “to put the money back into the counties somehow.”
---The taxing of mining resources was a topic. It was suggested to Kintner that a tax per ton imposed by the state would be a logical way to help pay for the wear and tear that sand and gravel trucks cause on state and local roads. “I’m most interested in broadening the tax base,” said Kintner. “I’d rather have more people paying less taxes.”