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Gov. Ricketts Vetoes Tax Increase

Media Contacts:  

Taylor Gage, 402-471-1970

Eric Maher, 402-471-1974


Media Release:

Gov. Ricketts Vetoes Tax Increase


Veto message here.


LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts vetoed LB 472, which proposed to allow counties to raise the sales tax without a vote of the people to pay federal judgements in excess of $25 million.


“Traditionally, the Legislature has not authorized political subdivisions to impose new taxes on Nebraskans without a vote of the people,” said Governor Ricketts.  “In Nebraska, we trust the people to make political decisions on a myriad of issues.  These include referenda on the death penalty and Medicaid expansion.  Despite the claims by supporters of LB 472 to the contrary, I believe the people can be counted on to do the right thing.”


A copy of the Governor’s veto message can be found by clicking here.