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Nebraska Farmers Union Main State Legislative Goal Is Tax Reform

Nebraska Farmers Union Main State Legislative Goal Is Tax Reform

Today is the opening day for the Nebraska Unicameral.  Senators have 60 working days this year to complete their legislative business.  Nebraska Farmers Union President John Hansen says property tax reform tops his group’s list of priorities.

Hansen says it’s not possible to be honest about tax reform and call for cutting both property and income taxes. He says that’s because education still needs to be funded. Hansen says another major priority for farmers union members is support of designating the entire state of Nebraska as a brand area. He says all the major ag groups want that.

Hansen says other priorities include addressing water management issues. He says putting an excise tax on ethanol to fund those is not the answer. Hansen also says there are several carryover wind energy bills from last session that need to be dealt with.

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