Tax relief, workers' compensation first-injury reports are two immediate NFIB priorities
The first half of the 106th Nebraska Unicameral Legislature 2019 commences January 9, 2019, with the return of some immediate challenges left over from the last session.
Tax relief was a major focus last session as lawmakers considered various measures designed to lower income and/or property taxes. A late-session meeting called by the speaker of the Legislature with sponsors of the major tax relief bills introduced in the last session failed to forge a compromise and all of the measures were indefinitely postponed upon adjournment of the Legislature.
Gov. Pete Ricketts’s tax-relief measure, contained in Legislative Bill 947, was one of the casualties. Introduced by Sen. Jim Smith (Papillion), LB 947, as amended, would have retained the state’s existing Property Tax Credit Cash Fund ($224 million annually) while establishing a refundable income tax credit to offset property taxes paid by residential and agricultural landowners. The measure would also have reduced the top corporate income tax rate from 7.81 percent to 6.84 percent in five annual increments and increase funding for workforce development by $5 million annually.
Under the bill, agricultural landowners would have received a refundable income tax credit starting at 2 percent of property taxes paid and increasing annually until they reached 20 percent of property taxes paid by 2027. The income tax credit for residential landowners would have started at 1 percent of property taxes paid, up to a cap of $25 the first year, and growing to a maximum of 25 percent or $500 by 2030.
Following an extended debate, a filibuster mounted by opponents of Legislative Bill 947 resulted in the measure being removed from the agenda.
Workers’ Compensation First-Injury Reports
While efforts to make workers’ compensation first reports of injury confidential failed the last session, the measure (Legislative Bill 1015) made it further through the legislative process than ever before. The measure was advanced to the floor of the Legislature and prioritized by the Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee. A filibuster mounted by opponents, however, derailed the bill
At the end of each legislative week during the 2019 session, NFIB Nebraska State Director will highlight the proposals directly affecting the small-business agenda and their progress. You can stay informed by making a regular habit of checking this webpage where all his reports will be posted. You can also be notified of their posting by following NFIB Nebraska on Twtitter @NFIB_NE.