BLOOMFIELD, NE — Shane Greckel still has skin in the game.
The fifth generation farmer from Bloomfield is running to fill term-limited Tyson Larson’s District 40 seat in the Unicameral. He says he’s best fitted for the job because he’s still in production agriculture and knows the needs of farmers and ranchers.
“We are an agricultural state: whether it’s corn, soybeans or beef production,” Greckel said. “We need someone who understands intently agriculture and how its workings affect our state.”
Greckel says the biggest issue bothering ag producers is property taxes. He says if he’s elected he would propose a property tax reform plan that isn’t too different from Governor Pete Ricketts’ plan. He favors a plan that brings taxes down in a stair step manner.
“Much like income taxes, the more you make the more you get taxed, the less you make the less you get taxed,” Greckel said. “That way Nebraska farmers and ranchers – in times like this when commodity prices are low – taxes go down.”
He says he is not in favor of the reform petition that is circulating the state because it is too drastic of a cut to state funding. He says schools and infrastructure projects would suffer because of it.
“They need, again, roads (and) bridges,” Greckel said. “They need telecommunications. We need all these updates so that we can grow Nebraska and we can get new individuals back (in District 40).”
Greckel serves on the Invasive Species Council and is commissioner representing the general public in the Nebraska Information Technology Commission. He is one of six people running for the seat.