Overhaul the Tax System
Ben Hansen has been a leader in attempts to overhaul the tax system in Nebraska to bring about meaningful reform for long-lasting property tax relief. Tax reform, specifically lowering the property tax burden, remains his number one priority. In 2021, the Legislature adopted Hansen’s LB644, a bill to increase transparency for property taxes by requiring taxing authorities to send a postcard to inform the community when a public hearing will be held regarding a property tax increase. Hansen actively supported tax reform bills that resulted in $1.7 billion in property tax relief, a 100% state income tax exemption for military retirement benefits, and a 50% state income tax exemption for social security benefits by 2025.
Reduce Overbearing Regulations
In the Legislature, Ben has focused on reducing unneeded regulations on small business and entrepreneurs. As a small business owner himself, Hansen recognizes that what businesses in Nebraska need the most is for the government to get out of their way. Hansen successfully championed a bill that allows home based businesses to sell food directly from their home or by mail, and sponsored a bill improving access to dental health care in rural areas by reducing burdensome regulation.