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Issue Position: Promoting Creative Economic Development Initiatives

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* With boundless natural wonders like the Niobrara River and the Sandhills, it is no surprise that tourism is the state's 3rd largest industry. I supported legislation to help this industry grow by allowing cities to use flexible local "turnback" sales taxes to promote development of new tourist attractions. This is not a new tax. It is new authorization to use a portion of existing tax receipts for new development projects.
* I also supported Legislative Bill 779, which creates additional opportunities to utilize "turnback" sales tax dollars to finance new construction of small-sized arena facilities. This bill also provides financing options for construction of the proposed joint Goldenrod Downs and University of Nebraska equine facility in east Lincoln.
*Nebraska ranks 4th in wind energy potential, but only 22nd in wind energy production. Legislative Bill 1048 is a landmark measure that allows Nebraska to exploit its wind potential and to develop and export wind energy to other states. I supported this bill because it promotes sound environmental policy and will stimulate job growth.


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