Governor Addresses Fremont Young Professionals Group
15 Jan 2012
Looking across the lobby of the Midland University Event Center, Gov. Dave Heineman saw more than 80 of the Fremont area's next generation of business and civic leaders.
Keeping these young professionals in Nebraska has been one of his goals since becoming governor seven years ago.
"We don't want to lose our young people," the governor said Friday during a Fremont Area Young Professionals luncheon where he was the keynote speaker.
"You're our source of energy, excitement and enthusiasm as we go forward," he added. "If Nebraska is going to continue to grow, we've got to make sure we retain our young people."
To do that, Heineman said, the state needs to continue to improve its business tax climate, restructure its income tax brackets to help middle class families and eliminate the inheritance tax.
Those also were issues he addressed in his annual State of the State address on Thursday.
"If you go back to 2006," he said, "we were 45th out of 50 states in terms of our business tax climate. ... If you look at where we're at today, we're 29th. We've done a better job than 48 other states in the last five years in the greatest movement relative to our business tax climate."
To accomplish that, Heineman led efforts to modernize tax incentives for businesses and passed the largest tax relief package in the history of the state.
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