NET to Broadcast Legislative Hearing on Property Tax Proposal

News Release Date: 
April 22, 2019

Media Advisory

 

April 22, 2019

NET to Broadcast Legislative Hearing on Property Tax Proposal

NET, Nebraska’s PBS & NPR Station, is providing live coverage of the Nebraska Legislature’s Revenue Committee hearing on LB 289, a proposal designed to decrease property taxes by increasing state aid to schools.

Coverage begins at 4 p.m. CT, on Wednesday, April 24, on NET Television’s World Channel. The hearing will also be streamed live at netNebraska.org.

Under LB 289, some taxes would rise so others could fall. The proposal would raise the state sales tax by three-quarters of a cent and increase the cigarette tax by 36 cents per pack. Under the proposal, there would also be taxes added to the purchase of candy, pop and bottled water, as well as additional taxes for certain services such as moving, storage, plumbing, heating and air conditioning, and pet-related services.

Proponents of LB 289 believe proceeds from the additional tax revenue could be used to increase state aid to Nebraska schools by approximately 50 percent, and at the same time lower school property taxes by an average of 20 percent. Opponents view LB 289 as a tax increase.

Coverage of the hearing is also available on the NET Nebraska App and the Nebraska Capitol Live App. For more information, visit netNebraska.org/apps.

NET will continue gavel-to-gavel coverage of the Nebraska Legislature on its World television channel during scheduled evening sessions in May.

 

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CONTACT: Kim Rogers, 402-660-5521, krogers@netNebraska.org

NET, Nebraska’s PBS & NPR Stations

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