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By Paul Hammel
Nebraska Press Association correspondent 

Pillen still plugging for property tax relief, despite defeat of initial plan


Let's face it, Nebraska has high property taxes, the seventh highest in the country according to the Tax Foundation, which tracks such things.

"Lots of land, not a lot of people," has always been the catchphrase, which translates into a higher burden of property taxes.

But I almost fell out of my chair when Gov. Jim Pillen proposed, initially, to raise the state's sales taxes by two cents to achieve property tax relief.

Never did I imagine that a conservative Republican governor would propose a tax increase of any kind, much less one that would make Nebraska's state sales tax (now at 5.5 cents...

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