The Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry wants to shrink government in the state.
The organization is urging the Unicameral to pass laws allowing units of government to voluntarily merge.
Jamie Karl, Chamber vice president for public affairs and policy, says Nebraska has a lot of local government.
“We looked at the state closest in population to Nebraska and that was New Mexico. New Mexico has 33 counties versus our 93,” Karl tells Nebraska Radio Network. “South Dakota, which is also closest to us in geographical size, has 66 counties.”
He says allowing voluntary mergers is one way to shrink government.
“It’s awfully tough for state government to dictate to locals to consolidate, whether it be a school district, county government, or ESU,” Karl notes. “They should be passing policy that makes it easier to do so.”
Following the Chamber’s fall forums around the state, he says it seems more people are in favor of government mergers, especially counties.
“We have a lot of local government. Nebraska, for all our gripes about property taxes, I got to tell you, one thing causing that high property tax burden is our love for local government.”
AUDIO: Mike Loizzo reports [:40]