LINCOLN — The Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industry, which has called for cuts in state income taxes, released a survey Wednesday showing that businesspeople who attended chamber forums this fall support the idea.
The survey of chamber members was taken during legislative forums held in 30 communities across the state. About 1,200 people attended the forums.
When told that Nebraska’s top individual income tax rate was 16th highest in the nation and its top corporate income tax rate was 19th highest, about four of five respondents said the state should reduce those rates, the chamber said in a press release.
However, when the businesspeople were asked to cite the biggest barrier to growth in their businesses, the top issues listed were having to comply with government regulations, a lack of skilled labor, and the federal health care law and health care expenses. High taxes placed fourth.
This summer, the chamber issued a goals statement calling on the Nebraska Legislature to lower income tax rates to bring Nebraska more in line with neighboring states.
The survey comes as a special legislative committee is nearing the end of a study of possible state tax changes. A potential plan floated on Tuesday would make only minor changes in income taxes.