Sales Tax Vote Baffles Watermeier

LINCOLN – State Sen. Dan Watermeier says a filibuster against his sales tax bill could cost Nebraska millions.

The senator from Syracuse motioned to end a filibuster against LB44, which he proposed to entice out of state retailers to pay sales taxes.

His motion failed by two votes.

Watermeier: “This means our state won’t begin collecting such revenue until legislation can be introduced and passed next year. Resulting in the loss of tens of millions of tax revenue. It baffled me more than a dozen senators objected to this.”

Gov. Pete Ricketts says that LB44 would have created an unnecessary burden on small businesses.

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