Regarding Gov. Heineman’s tax proposal, Sen. Jeremy Nordquist said it's the wrong way to go. Here are his comments:
“A tax proposal that is revenue neutral, by definition, cannot be called a ‘cut.’ So, let’s call it what it is – a tax shift.
"It shifts the burden paid by corporations and upper-income individuals to those who take prescription medications and use our hospitals, to those lucky enough to be able to attend college, and to small businesses and start-up companies that need exemptions to be able to afford the inputs to get their business up and running.
“Under the Governor’s proposal, Warren Buffett won’t have to pay any income tax, but if you have a chronic condition that requires prescription medication or a hospital stay, if you live in a college dorm, or if you run a non-profit homeless shelter for example, you’ll be picking up the tab.
“I agree that this subject deserves a serious debate, but I cannot support a proposal that increases the burden on hard-working Nebraskans who most need the tax relief.”
Jeremy Norquist is serving his second term in the Legislature. He represents eastern Omaha.