Gov. Dave Heineman hoped to spark more discussion about tax reform in Nebraska in a visit to Hastings on Friday.
Heineman spoke to the Hastings Noon Rotary Club at Mary Lanning Healthcare about his proposal to eliminate income taxes and corporate taxes, and replace the revenue to the state by removing some of the sales tax exemptions.
By removing the income tax, he said seniors collecting Social Security and veterans receiving retirement pay would see more of their checks.
A high tax rate makes Nebraska less attractive to large businesses, Heineman said, and eliminating the corporate tax would make it easier to lure large businesses to Nebraska and stimulate growth.
"We can all understand the benefits, but the question is: Are we willing to make those tradeoffs?" he said.