State of Nebraska Archives: on Tax Reform


Peter Ricketts: Property tax relief is a top priority

Property tax relief remains the top priority for the people of Nebraska. Last year, we successfully increased the Property Tax Credit Relief Fund from the state to the people of Nebraska by over 20%. I am recommending roughly $500 million in property tax relief over the next three years to help our farmers, ranchers, home owners, and businesses.

I have three principles: No tax increases, protect the Property Tax Credit Relief Fund, and encourage spending restraint in local governments.

Source: 2020 Nebraska State of the State address Jan 15, 2020

Peter Ricketts: Ease burden of property taxes; plus 3% local cap

Property tax relief is the number one priority Nebraskans want. My budget provides $51 million in new property tax relief through the Property Tax Credit Relief Fund. This is a 23 percent increase in property tax relief to all Nebraska property owners. [I am also] proposing to establish a three percent cap on property taxes levied by local governments. It comes in the form of a constitutional amendment, which must be approved by the people after receiving your consideration.
Source: 2019 State of the State address to the Nebraska legislature Jan 15, 2019

Bob Krist: The farmland assessment process is broken

One of his big messages is the need to truly reform the state tax system, property taxes in particular, he said. The questions he has fielded in Nebraska communities about property taxes have been "amazing," he said. He tells them the farmland assessment process is broken.

In some counties in Nebraska, the average tax increase over the past 10 years is as high as 147%, and individual homeowners and landowners have experienced even greater increases, he said.

Source: The Lincoln Journal-Star on 2022 Nebraska Gubernatorial race Oct 27, 2018

Bob Krist: People's voices will be heard on taxes

His first priority is finding bipartisan solutions to reducing property taxes, while assuring adequate education funding. "The tax problem is bigger than just property tax relief, it is restoring the balance between property, income and sales tax: the 3-legged stool. For nearly 10 years that I have served in the Nebraska Legislature, all we've done is talk about tax reform. I understand it when people say they feel their voices are not being heard. If elected, the talking will turn into action.
Source: 2018 Nebraska Gubernatorial website KristForNebraska.com Dec 12, 2017

Jane Raybould: Don't shift tax burden onto poor

As Congress begins to pivot toward tax reform, Raybould said, it will be important to make sure that "those who are the wealthiest pay their fair share (and) that we never ever move the tax burden onto the backs of low-income Americans."
Source: Lincoln Journal Star on 2018 Nebraska Senate race Aug 25, 2017

Don Bacon: We need a simpler, flatter tax code

We need a simpler, flatter tax code that has lower rates with fewer deductions. Everyone knows that 73,000 pages of tax law is ridiculous, and it undermines our competitiveness. Furthermore, since government at all levels spends 42 cents on every dollar earned in this country, it is clear that we have a spending problem. Therefore, I'm committed to not raising your taxes.

Our nation pays one of the highest corporate tax rates in the free world. This also undermines the competitiveness of our businesses. I will support a reduction in corporate tax rates from 35% to at least 25% and I will work to eliminate special interest loopholes that aren't fair to the American taxpayer. I want our businesses to compete in the world and win.

Source: 2016 Nebraska House campaign website DonBacon2016.com Nov 8, 2016

Peter Ricketts: Provide tax relief through property tax regulations

Last year, we successfully worked together to provide $408 million in direct dollar-for-dollar property tax relief through the Property Tax Credit Relief Fund. This year, we must make structural changes to property taxes through a bill that we propose to tighten spending and levy limits and to limit the statewide aggregate growth of agricultural property valuations to three percent. We must prioritize property tax relief, it's my number one priority this year.
Source: 2016 State of the State speech to Nebraska legislature Jan 14, 2016

Peter Ricketts: Protect taxpayers from bureaucracy & burdensome regulations

PROTECT TAXPAYERS: Pete will hold the line on taxes and keep state bureaucracy accountable by prioritizing transparency.

Pete will work to limit burdensome regulations and to improve Nebraska's tax climate to enable existing in-state businesses to grow in Nebraska and encourage out-of-state companies to relocate to Nebraska. Pete will also utilize his experience helping entrepreneurs to create the next generation of Nebraska businesses.

Source: 2014 Nebraska Governor campaign website, PeteRicketts.com Nov 4, 2014

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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