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      Gov. Heineman Discusses Need for Tax Relief in Nebraska

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      Gov. Dave Heineman continued to promote tax relief in Nebraska Wednesday as he thanked the Tax Modernization Committee for holdingpublic hearings on Nebraska's tax code across the state this fall.

      So far in meetings held in Scottsbluff, North Platte and Norfolk, many residents are saying that taxes are too high.

      The governor agrees, saying "Taxes are too high inNebraska. I hear it every day that property taxes, incometaxes and occupation taxes are too high."

      Heineman added, "We need a tax code that represents thefuture, not the past. I am hopeful that we can develop a tax relief packagethat includes both property tax relief and income tax relief."

      While the state ranks high in general business rankings, that is not the case in tax rankings. The Tax Foundation says Nebraska has one of the highest top state income tax rates and one of the 13 highest property tax rates.

      "We need a tax code that protects taxpayers. RuralNebraska wants property tax relief and urban Nebraska wage earners need incometax relief," said Heineman.

      More public hearings are scheduled this month and the committee will report their findings to thelegislature next session.

      Future scheduled meetings include:

      • Thursday, October 17 -- Metro Community College, South Omaha Campus, from 1:30-4:30 p.m.
      • Friday, October 18 -- State Capitol Building, Room 1113, Lincoln, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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