Members of the Tax Modernization Committee have stressed the importance of public input as they look to make changes to the state tax system, but they also want to keep discussions from becoming a free-for-all.
To avoid this, the committee has drafted several proposals with various changes to the state's income, property and sales taxes.
Committee chairman Sen. Galen Hadley, of Kearney, says the suggestions are intended to keep the public input as focused as possible.
Lawmakers have agreed not to eliminate sales-tax exemptions on food and health care services, unless the public voices strong support. Hadley says taxing food and health care is a political "lightning rod" that would likely receive little support in the Legislature.
The committee will hold hearings over the next two months throughout Nebraska.
The schedule of public meetings is:
- Monday, September 23 -- Harms Advanced Technology Center, Western Nebraska Community College in Scottsbluff, from 4-7 p.m.
- Tuesday, September 24 -- North Platte Community College, from 1:30-4:30 p.m.
- Thursday, September 26 -- Lifelong Learning Center, Northeast Nebraska Community College in Norfolk, from 1:30-4:30 p.m.
- 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.