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Nebraska City News-Press - Nebraska City, NE
  • Carlson takes governor campaign to Syracuse, Nebraska City

  • Tom Carlson and his wife Margo made stops in Syracuse and Nebraska City on Wednesday in the campaign for the Republican nomination for governor that has taken them to 67 of the state's 93 counties.Carlson, who grew up on a farm near Holdrege and ran a financial advisory business there for 30 years, has served on the s...
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  • Tom Carlson and his wife Margo made stops in Syracuse and Nebraska City on Wednesday in the campaign for the Republican nomination for governor that has taken them to 67 of the state's 93 counties.
    Carlson, who grew up on a farm near Holdrege and ran a financial advisory business there for 30 years, has served on the state Legislature since 2006. He was named chairman of the Legislature's Agriculture Committee in 2009 and to the Natural Resources Committee after his 2010 re-election.
    He is currently serving on the Nebraska Water Sustainability Task Force, which is expected to present its final findings to the Legislature by the end of the year.
    Carlson said the state's Natural Resources Districts manage local water issues, but Nebraska needs a sustainable policy for groundwater and surface water that includes surface water storage and assurances about water resources flowing into Nebraska from other states.
    He said water issues impact both cities and the agricultural economy.
    "Agriculture is our number one industry, but water is the lifeblood," he said.
    Carlson said said his experience running a small business for 30 years, working as a university instructor and holding legislative office gives him a perspective from both the private and public sectors.
    He calls for an expansion of private sector jobs and an assessment of public sector services.
    "They say it takes 10 private sector jobs to support each public sector job," he said. "We need tax money for essential services, but we need an evaluation process to decide if a service is still essential or not," he said.
    He said tax policy needs to be fair and competitive.
    "The fairest sales tax would be to eliminate all exemptions, but that is not competitive. We have to keep an eye on what other states are doing," he said.

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