Dave Heineman in 2011 Governor's State of the State speeches


On Corporations: We lowered taxes over last 3 years; do same for next 4 years

Our efforts to lower taxes three years ago and our determined resolve not to raise them the past three years has resulted in a more competitive business environment and improved rankings in the annual Tax Foundation survey. In 2006, Nebraska's business climate was ranked 45th of 50 states. We were one of the top 10 highest taxed states in America. Today Nebraska is 29th. We have improved our ranking more than any other state except one. During the next four years, we need to reform our income tax system so that middle class families and small business owners don't pay at the same marginal rate as Nebraska's richest citizen. We need to lower corporate tax rates. Lowering taxes will create more job opportunities for our citizens.
Source: 2011 Nebraska State of the State Address Jan 13, 2011

On Education: $1.5M Nebraska Internship Program for college students

    I am pleased to announce today the Talent and Innovation Initiative, a four-part plan designed to enhance our economic momentum.
  1. I am proposing a Nebraska Internship Program to increase the number of college and university students interning with Nebraska businesses. This $1.5 million training program will be funded by redirecting resources from the Nebraska Job Training Cash Fund and matched by funds from the private sector.
  2. I am proposing the creation of a $7 million program, the Business Innovation Act to leverage entrepreneurship, to increase private sector research and innovation, and to expand small business outreach efforts.
  3. I am proposing the creation of a new $3 million Site and Building Development Fund to increase the number of sites and buildings available for business development projects.
  4. I am proposing a $5 million Angel Investment Tax Credit Program to foster high-tech startups in Nebraska.
Source: 2011 Nebraska State of the State Address Jan 13, 2011

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