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State Sen. Tom Briese endorses Charles Herbster for governor

By: - May 4, 2022 4:39 pm
Sens. Tom Briese and John Cavanaugh

Sens. Tom Briese, left, and John Cavanaugh chat on the floor of the Nebraska Legislature at the Nebraska Capitol Building on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022, in Lincoln. (Rebecca S. Gratz for the Nebraska Examiner)

Nebraska gubernatorial candidate Charles Herbster picked up the endorsement this week of State Sen. Tom Briese of Albion, a senator who has worked for years on property tax changes.

Briese said in a statement that Herbster has supported concepts that broaden the state’s sales tax base, including by reducing the number of services and items exempt from the tax.

“To me, this demonstrates the political will to stand up to the establishment, the special interests, and the lobbyists to do what it takes to lower property taxes,” Briese said.

Herbster, on the campaign trail, has said that he hasn’t settled on a plan for addressing Nebraska’s tax burden but that he wants to pursue systemic change, including considering a consumption tax.

Herbster, like the other Republicans running, has said high property taxes need to be addressed. Briese repeated Herbster’s statement that Nebraska might need an “all of the above approach.”

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Aaron Sanderford
Aaron Sanderford

Political reporter Aaron Sanderford has tackled various news roles in his 20-plus year career. He has reported on politics, crime, courts, government and business for the Omaha World-Herald and Lincoln Journal-Star. He also worked as an assignment editor and editorial writer. He was an investigative reporter at KMTV.

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