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Nebraska City News-Press - Nebraska City, NE
  • Slone: Voters want tax reform, positive candidate for governor

  • If Nebraska voters want a positive candidate to get elected and a serious overhaul of Nebraska's tax structure, they will vote for him for governor, said Bryan Slone Wednesday morning at a Nebraska City stop.As time winds down to next Tuesday's Primary election, Slone said that the six candidates for the Republican no...
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  • If Nebraska voters want a positive candidate to get elected and a serious overhaul of Nebraska’s tax structure, they will vote for him for governor, said Bryan Slone Wednesday morning at a Nebraska City stop.
    As time winds down to next Tuesday's Primary election, Slone said that the six candidates for the Republican nomination for governor are working to distinguish themselves from each other. What distinguishes him is a focus on lower property and income taxes and experience as a CPA, attorney, and member of the Reagan Administration noted for its tax reform.
    “I have bigger plans” for tax reform than the other candidates, said Slone. He said he wants to lower income tax from 6.8 percent to 4 percent and provide property tax relief. Doing that will help grow Nebraska, which is the ultimate goal, he said.
    To offset the loss of the revenue from those taxes, sales taxes would have to be increased.
    Slone said other states get more money from sales taxes. He noted that Nebraska has a lot of tax exemptions that should be on the table for review, although he said that the ag sales tax and manufacturing sales tax exemptions should stay in place.
    Decreasing local governments’ dependency on income tax revenue and providing more sales tax revenue will mean that “the governor’s role has to change,” said Slone. The governor must “engage and create new relationships” with local government, he said.
    “Hard decisions” need to be made in order to make Nebraska “better cheaper,” said Slone.
    He said taxpayer dollars can also be saved be eliminating waste. “We are an expensive state from a government standpoint,” he said. Some restructuring is required, he said, including “breaking apart” Department of Health and Human Services in order to make people accountable. He said there is a lack of accountability that leads to wasteful spending.
    “We spend billions on Health and Human Services and education and taxpayers have no idea how efficiently” that money is spent, said Slone.
    Slone said the increase in the value of agricultural land has been “drastic,” bringing to the forefront a need for property tax relief for those land owners. But that is only part of the issue, he said.
    Bottom line is that Slone said he has bigger goals for the state than other candidates and it’s going to take “bigger efforts” from the new governor.
    As the campaign comes into its final week, Slone also noted that “voters are frustrated with the ads and negativity. They are looking for leadership.” Slone said he has not been negative in his campaign “and voters appreciate that.” He said he feels negative ads reflect poorly on the person running the ad. “It goes against both” the attacked and attacker, he said.
    Page 2 of 2 - “We need someone who is positive and can unite the state around budget issues,” said Slone.
    Ultimately, “the positive candidate” can get elected. “The voters have it in their control to fix it,” he said.

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