BEATRICE – A former Republican candidate for governor has begun his job as the new President of the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Bryan Slone takes over for Barry Kennedy, who retired after 32 years at the helm of the state chamber. Slone says the organization is in good shape, with a strong membership. The Omaha tax attorney says he’ll spend a lot of time traveling the state to ensure that support continues.
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With a Nebraska Legislative session concluding this week, Slone said there remains a need to make Nebraska more competitive, in how it taxes citizens.
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Slone says Nebraska taxes individuals on the income side at a very high rate…6.84%…at the lower levels of income. He also says corporations are taxed at too high a rate.
Slone says Nebraska’s tax structure is decades-old and may not fit today’s economy. He says agriculture and main street businesses will always be key components in the state, but the economy is also moving quickly in technology and professional services. He said there should be an urgency about updating the state’s tax system.
Adequate housing in Nebraska, is another issue.
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Slone says utilizing public-private partnerships is a key to training the workforce for jobs of today and in the future. He also says the state should look toward the retired military sector as a source of potential employees who might move to the state.