Tell your state senator that LB461 isn’t good for Nebraska.
LB461 is a bill that will give the wealthiest individuals in Nebraska up to $5300 in tax cuts, but working-class Nebraskans will receive no tax cuts or very little (up to $53). One needn’t look far for examples of mismanagement of governance. Just to our south, Kansas is experiencing a catastrophic failure in regards to balancing its budget. Nebraska on the other hand, has historically been a sensible and sturdy low-debt state that still provides fundamental services to its citizens. What went wrong in Kansas? Basically, Kansas performed a grand experiment in “trickle-down” economics. This experiment entailed tax cuts for the wealthiest Kansans, with the hopes that the tax-savings would result in the money being reinvested in Kansas. However, over the course of the last decade Kansas has done little to buck the trend that favors the wealthy, while the working class still struggle to make ends meet.
Unlike Kansas, Nebraska has been a very healthy state in regards to disparity between the rich and poor. In fact, Nebraska has consistently ranked at the top of all states in terms of how our wealth is more evenly spread across the population of the state. Nebraska ranks #5, while Kansas comes in at a distance #22. Some Nebraska state senators are considering a tax plan that would provide tax cuts for the wealthiest Nebraskans (LB 461) and will likely increase property taxes for farmers and average homeowners. Over the course of its intended span, this bill would remove $458 million from state investments. In addition, it is possible that this could demote Nebraska’s tradition of prosperity, into one of mediocrity like our neighbors to the south.
We need your voice! Nebraskans must come together at a time when our state’s budget is already in crisis! Tell your state Senator that LB461 serves only 1 out of 100 Nebraskans! These tax cuts will directly effect important public services including; health services, education and transportation, among many other needed services.
UPDATE: YOUR ADVOCACY WORKED! THIS BILL FAILED TO PASS!!!
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LETTER EXAMPLE 1 Dear Senator,
I don’t feel that LB461 is a good fit for Nebraska at the moment. With our current budget shortfalls, now is not the time to make this type of dramatic tax cut, particularly when it benefits very few people. Please do not vote in favor of LB461. Sincerely,
LETTER EXAMPLE 2 Dear Senator,
Nebraska has enjoyed many decades of good governance, and it seems we have always rose above the national politics-as-usual. LB461 seems like a bill that is meant to enforce a tax-code based in theoretical economics and not tried-and-true tax code. Let’s stay grounded in our values, and not the politics of Washington. Please do not vote in favor of LB461.
LETTER EXAMPLE 3 Dear Senator,
As you are aware, Kansas has recently cut taxes for the top income brackets in their state. Since this time, it has become a nationally recognized disaster. Kansas is unable to meet its obligations and in fact has had to borrow money to make ends meet. Let’s not be Kansas, please do not vote in favor of LB461