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Gov. Heineman Calls for Tax Relief for Nebraskans

Press Release

Location: Lincoln, NE

Gov. Dave Heineman today thanked Sen. Hadley and the Tax Modernization Committee for holding public hearings in Scottsbluff, North Platte and Norfolk and thanked the citizens who attended the hearings, and he called for tax relief for Nebraska Citizens.

"Taxes are too high in Nebraska," said Gov. Heineman. "I hear it every day that property taxes, income taxes and occupation taxes are too high. We need a tax code that represents the future, not the past. I am hopeful that we can develop a tax relief package that includes both property tax relief and income tax relief."

Nebraska ranks high in general business rankings, but not on the tax rankings. For example, according to the Tax Foundation, Nebraska has one of the 16 highest top state income tax rates and Nebraska is one of the 13 highest property tax states.

Gov. Heineman used charts to identify the five areas that Nebraska falls behind other states in the taxation of social security income, inheritance tax, taxation of retirees, property tax and income tax.

Kiplinger recently named Nebraska as one of "The 10 Least Tax-Friendly States for Retirees."

"We need a tax code that protects taxpayers. Rural Nebraska wants property tax relief and urban Nebraska wage earners need income tax relief," Gov. Heineman said.

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