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Dear Residents of the 40th District,
The Revenue Committee held a hearing this week on LB253, which I introduced to eliminate the tax credit available to the wind energy generation facility in Knox County. The tax credit, passed by the legislature last year in LB1048, meant that Knox County and other political subdivisions, including the Bloomfield School District, would not be able to collect any taxes on the wind farm for several years because the wind company would be able to credit previously paid taxes towards the current tax due. Senator Abbie Cornett of Bellevue also introduced legislation, LB360, to clarify the tax consequences of wind farms in Knox County and the rest of Nebraska. These two bills directly affect District 40, and I am diligently working to find a legislative solution to this issue.
In addition, the Judiciary Committee held more hearings this week on bills relating to firearms. LB298 amends some of Nebraska’s use of force and self-defense statutes to strengthen and simplify when a resident of Nebraska can use force to defend themselves, others, or their property. This bill is important for preservation of a person’s right to use force to protect oneself, and I am very supportive of this legislation.
The Legislature debated two important bills relating to tax policy in Nebraska. LB383, which eliminates state aid to counties and cities, was debated once again on select file and advanced by the Legislature. In addition, LB165, introduced by Senator Deb Fischer of Valentine, addresses the use of occupation taxes. With proposed amendments, LB165 limits imposition of existing occupation taxes to telecommunications services and establishes a maximum rate of 6.25% rate for occupation taxes on telecommunication services. I am fully supportive of managing the budget concerns with which we are currently faced, but I am also concerned with the rising reliance on additional fees and taxes. If we truly intend to focus our efforts on fiscal responsibility, raising these other fees and taxes cannot be the answer, and as such, I support the limitations proposed in LB165.
Please feel free to contact my office with your questions and comments at (402) 471-2801 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senator Tyson Larson