A news conference held to announce very nice recognition for economic growth in Nebraska provides Gov. Dave Heineman opportunity to pound home his message to state lawmakers.
Heineman has been relentless in his insistence that tax cuts should be the Unicameral’s top priority this legislative session, his last session as governor.
Heineman says Nebraska needs to press its advantage in wake of Site Selection magazine naming it the top state for new and expanded businesses per capita.
To do that, Heineman urges lawmakers to cut taxes, something he says legislators don’t seem committed to.
“It does appear they’re making an extraordinary commitment to more spending for a few selected, special-interest groups,” Heineman tells reporters during a news conference on the Site Selection ranking. “And the number one group that we ought to help is all Nebraskans.”
Heineman says a number of issues create a favorable environment in Nebraska for business. He claims the state tax system holds Nebraska back.
In fact, Heineman makes a two-prong argument for tax cuts. He argues lower taxes will make Nebraska even more attractive to businesses and that Nebraskans, dealing with higher costs of living, deserve a tax break.
The governor isn’t specific about what spending increases he is referencing. He doesn’t rule out increases in spending and says Nebraska residents wouldn’t rule them out either. Still, Heineman says Nebraskans deserve a break on income and property taxes.
“It’s not that they’re not willing to spend some money on some of these other issues, but tax relief ought to be the priority.”
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:40]