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Plan to raise Nebraska sales tax draws criticism

(AP/ -- reports that earlier this week, Nebraska lawmakers heard testimony on a proposal (LB313) to "raise Nebraska's state sales tax and steer the extra revenue into tax credits for low-income residents and property owners." The story notes that the bill faced "criticism from some senators who say it won't address the underlying problem." As the article notes, "the bill would increase Nebraska's state sales tax rate from 5.5% to 6.5%" -- an 18% tax hike. "It's that working class guy, that blue collar guy, picking up the tab for this," said Sen. Burke Harr of Omaha. Sen. Lydia Brasch of Bancroft "took issue with the idea of raising one tax to ease pressure on another, instead of focusing on local government spending."