Gov. Dave Heineman expects a big year for Nebraska farmers.
Heineman, speaking at Husker Harvest Days in Grand Island, anticipates a good harvest.
“It’s been a little dry down in southwest Nebraska, but in general when I talk to farmers and ranchers, yields are up, they’re feeling pretty good and so if we can get this harvest in the next 30 or 40 days that’ll be good news for our state, because agriculture is the number industry and when ag does well Main Street, Nebraska does well,” Heineman tells Ken Anderson with Brownfield Ag News.
Heineman says the state continues to improve on how to use irrigation efficiently to protect its water resources.
Taxes remain a big issue for the Unicameral with a special Tax Modernization Committee authorized last session to make a thorough review of state tax policy and recommend changes for the legislature to consider in the next legislative session.
Heineman has high hopes the legislature will approve a package that will lessen the tax burden on Nebraskans.
“I think they’re moving in the right direction right now,” Heineman says. “Let’s face it, I’ve been all over the state, and the number one issue is still: taxes are too high. Property taxes are too high. Income taxes are too high. Occupation taxes are too high. In my discussions with members of the task force and other members of the legislature indicate to me that I believe there’s a tax relief package out there that could combine income and property tax relief that we could move forward. I hope that’s where we end up. I know Nebraskans want lower taxes.”
The Tax Modernization Committee begins a series of public hearings on the 23rd of this month in Scottsbluff. Hearings will be held in Scottsbluff, North Platte and Norfolk that week with hearings scheduled for Omaha and Lincoln in October.