Gov. Dave Heineman says the Tax Modernization Committee is heading in the right direction, even if he and the chairman use the exact same verbiage.
The governor’s call for a bold approach, the elimination of the state income tax in exchange for the elimination of certain sales tax exemptions, failed to gain traction in the Unicameral. Instead, legislators opted for the creation of the Tax Modernization Committee and a thorough study of the state tax system.
Tax Modernization Committee chairman, Sen. Galen Hadley of Kearney, said earlier that the committee likely will not recommend a bold approach to taxes.
“We could possibly lower the income tax rate, such as that, but I don’t see eliminating the income tax or making dramatic changes in the sales tax. I think it will be less bold steps,” Hadley told Kevin Thomas, host of Drive Time Lincoln on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN last month.
Gov. Heineman says it doesn’t matter that Hadley shies from using the word “bold”.
“So, again, I’m not going to get worried about the description,” Heineman tells reporters at a Capitol news conference. “It’s the ultimate goal here: lower taxes to put more money in the pockets of our families and to help the business community create higher paying jobs.”
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]