Nebraska Lawmakers Considering State's Business Tax Incentives


LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers are still looking at ways to measure how well the state's business tax incentives work.

A special committee met at the Capitol on Thursday to hear from business groups and tax experts about Nebraska's tax programs. The committee was formed earlier this year amid concerns that state law is too vague in explaining what each tax break should accomplish.

Business groups say the tax incentives have helped grow the state's economy, and they urged senators not to make the application process too difficult. Some groups suggested that senators focus the tax incentives toward areas with high unemployment or a large number of unfilled jobs.

Sen. John Harms of Scottsbluff, the committee chairman, says lawmakers could have some early recommendations by September.

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