As discussion grows regarding Gov. Dave Heineman's proposal to shift taxes from income and corporate to sales, Tribland residents voiced concerns about the implications it could have on businesses and individuals.
To pay for the elimination of the income and corporate taxes, Heineman offered two proposals to end some of the sales tax exemptions currently in place.
The more aggressive option would eliminate sales tax exemptions on a variety of items, including aviation fuel, prescription drugs, farm machinery, and college or hospital room rental. This option would generate an additional $2.34 billion in sales tax.
About $9.17 million would come from sales tax on aviation fuel.
Paul Dunning, pilot and owner of Papa Ray's Pizza and Ray's Café in Hastings, said aviation has already taken a hit with the slowing economy in recent years.