Carlson Talks About Tax Policy Development

State Senator Tom Carlson, of Holdrege, is a republican running for Governor of Nebraska. Carlson says it only made sense to run given his experience.

"I've spent 8 years in Legislature. And of course with term limits, that's it. But I got to thinking about how much this experience has meant to me. And then I look back at my life, and what I've spent my years in vocation in, and how closely I'm tied to agriculture and water issues. And thought that's really prepared me well for the position of Governor."

Carlson has gone as far as to say LB1098 is the biggest water bill in the history of the state.

Carlson says the state needs to develop a strong tax policy.

"Well, as a state, we need to develop a tax policy that's both fair and competitive. And that's difficult to do. But certainly what's come out of this discussion is people were constantly telling us our property taxes are too high, something's got to be done."

Carlson says property tax pays about 55% of K-12 education, which is too much, in his opinion. Carlson thinks it needs to be 50% or even 45%.

Carlson says Nebraska needs a governor who will treat urban and rural areas equally.

"I think we need a Governor who understands what the economic issues are in rural Nebraska that would say our efforts are going to be 50% urban and 50% rural because when rural Nebraska prospers, everybody does."

Carlson is not in favor of building more prisons, but supports the death penalty.

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