Platte Institute Promotes Plan to Rely on Sales Taxes | Regional government


Jim Greisch, panelist and executive at RSM US, a company that provides financial services, said that Nebraska’s current sales and property tax system results in “excessive reliance on income taxes and the property”.

Outside of the tax reform agenda, Lincoln Legislative Speaker Mike Hilgers said “next year is a time to make a big transformative change” in Nebraska as its leaders make decisions on how to spend more than a billion dollars in federal pandemic stimulus funds allocated to the state.

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Hilgers heads the so-called STAR WARS Legislature Review Committee which prepares recommendations for developments along the Platte River, at McConaughy Lake near Ogallala, at Lewis and Clark Lake along the border with Dakota South and Niobrara State Park in the northeast corner of the state.

Flood control, recreation, tourism and the sustainability of water resources are on the table.

Designating Mahoney State Park between Lincoln and Omaha as “a treasure,” Hilgers said state parks enrich the lives of Nebraskans.

Hilgers said he believes the state has “the best set of leaders we have had in 30 years” and that they are positioned with “the opportunity to transform the state.”

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Norfolk Mayor Josh Moenning described the opportunities in rural Nebraska towns, highlighting the transformational change underway in his own community.

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