The 2018 State Legislative Forum was held at the Pizza Ranch in West Point on Thursday.
Members of the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce, including Joseph Young and Roberta Pinkerton, and Cathy Lang, with the Business Development Center, talked about key bills from the 2018 legislative session and Blueprint Nebraska, which takes a long range perspective for economic prosperity in the state.
In the legislature in 2018 three tax bills of note were introduced to save Nebraskan’s money. LB1090 prevented a $226 million income tax increase, said Young. LB1089 prevented personal property tax increase on agriculture and business equipment, an area that is already hurting financially. LB738 avoided taxing more of Nebraska retirees on their Social Security benefits.
Young said that the major focuses of the chamber were on four areas, taxation, regulation, job creation and workforce development. The focus on the work force was shifting away from creating new jobs, to bringing in people to fill existing jobs. “Everyone who can work is probably working,” Young said.