Nebraska Ranks 34th Nationally on New Tax Climate Report


A new report released by the Tax Foundation, a national research organization that monitors fiscal policies, has ranked Nebraska's tax climate at 34th in the nation.

In the group's report released Wednesday, Nebraska's tax ranking was unchanged from the previous year in the State Business Tax Climate Index.

"The goal of the State Business Tax Climate Index is to start a conversationwith policymakers about how their states fare against the rest of the country,"said Tax Foundation economist Scott Drenkard. "With this report, we're asking: ‘how well is your tax codestructured? Are businesses in your state spending too much time complying withonerous tax provisions? Are you double taxing things you shouldn't?'"

Gov. Dave Heineman often points to the group's rankings when advocating for lower taxes.

Nebraska scored lowest in property taxes, ranking 39th nationally. The best ranking was for unemployment taxes, taking the 8th spot.

The report's top ten ranked states were Wyoming, South Dakota, Nevada, Alaska, Florida, Washington, Montana, New Hampshire, Utah and Indiana.

The lowest-ranked states were Maryland, Connecticut, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Vermont, Rhode Island, Minnesota, California, New Jersey and New York.