NEBRASKA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PUSHES TAX REDUCTION AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

The Nebraska Chamber of Commerce made its pitch on Wednesday for state income tax reduction, saying Nebraskans are in need of tax relief and government spending restraints. The dominant issue for business and industry in Nebraska however is developing a trained and adequate workforce, said Barry Kennedy, the Chamber President. During a breakfast event hosted by the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce seven state senators discussed options to remedy these problems. A comprehensive tax reduction plan (LB461) that's pending in the Legislature was described as "at least a good start" in terms of tax relief. That bill would gradually reduce income taxes and change the manner in which the state values agricultural land for local property tax purposes, thus reducing both income taxes and Ag property taxes. That proposal however, has been blocked on the floor of legislature by filibuster. Providing protections for LGBTQ people in the workplace, utilizing DACA immigrants and allowing them to work, and adequate support for the University of Nebraska were all also brought up as ways to develop Nebraska’s workforce.