Author

Jim Smith

Jim Smith

Jim Smith represented District 14 in the Nebraska Legislature from 2011- 2018, where he chaired the Revenue Committee and the Transportation and Telecommunications Committee. He was CEO and chief architect of Blueprint Nebraska and currently serves as the chief strategy officer for the Platte Institute. He is a former business owner and spent more than 25 years in the electric and gas utility industry.

Commentary

Cigarette excise tax increase is not good for Nebraska, and here’s why.

By: - February 21, 2024

During my time in the Nebraska Legislature, including time as chairman of the Revenue Committee, I witnessed many attempts to increase the state’s cigarette excise tax. These attempts were often accompanied by well-meaning arguments for improved public health, but they were always driven by an ambition to increase state tax revenues for one purpose or […]

Commentary

Attainable and necessary tax relief

By: and - May 3, 2023

Why is it so hard to cut taxes? Whether it’s about high property taxes, uncompetitive income taxes, or the state’s outdated inheritance tax, Nebraskans from Omaha to Scottsbluff and Falls City to Broken Bow want to know why the Legislature can’t get the job done. Well, the most common and convenient answer from Lincoln is, […]