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Governor serves up a slice of politics at Chamber dinner


Governor Dave Heineman was in town Friday night for the annual South Sioux City, Nebraska Chamber of Commerce dinner.

After a quick anecdote about the new puppy that's calling the Governor's Mansion home, the Governor got down to business.

He talked about the need to make higher education more accessible.

Then he outlined his plan to reform Nebraska's tax code.  He wants to eliminate the state income tax, and put an end to many sales tax exemptions.

His proposals have gotten people talking about an issue that lawmakers have found hard to swallow.

They haven't tackled the tax code in half a century.

"Back in the 1960's we didn't even have personal computers in our home.  We live in an electronic age.  We compete in the global economy now, just a regional economy.  There are a lot of reasons why we need to take a look at this," said Heineman.

Nebraska's already considered to have a strong business climate.  The non-partisan Tax Foundation recently ranked the Cornhusker State first for having the best tax climate for new business.

However, the Chamber's president says the Governor's proposals would help the region compete with South Dakota, which doesn't have a personal income tax.

"Anything, of course, that will bring in business we're excited about. Anything that will help us evolve and make us stronger as a state is important to us, because as you're going out and trying to get new businesses to look at you the first thing they look at is what is your tax system, what does the corporate tax look like," said Lori Warner.

The governor's speech on education and jobs were the meat and potatoes of the night, but a new "fun" draiser was the dessert.  Local businesses donated decorated cakes for a dessert auction.

There was a lot of mingling going on as well and maybe some new deals were even struck.  Warner says stay tuned for a few exciting announcements in 2013.


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