Nebraska’s tax burden – especially local property taxes and state income taxes – hurts the families, small businesses and retirees which Nebraska needs to attract and retain to grow our economy and maintain our quality of life.
Senator Clements helped increase funding for the State Property Tax Relief Fund, up to $313 million for 2021, and supported the creation of the Property Tax Credit Fund, ultimately resulting in an estimated $1.7 billion in property tax relief over the upcoming biennium.
Senator Clements co-sponsored legislation to exempt 100% of military retirement income from state income taxes, resulting in nearly $70 million of relief over 4 years. He voted to cut state income taxes on Social Security by 50% by the year 2025 providing over $217 million in relief over 5 years and introduced LR415 to highlight the need to change or eliminate the 18% inheritance or “death” tax.
On the Appropriations Committee, Senator Clements has worked to control state spending and replenish Nebraska’s cash reserve while funding the State’s priorities and without raising taxes.
These priorities include property tax relief, disaster relief, state funding for education, workforce development, public safety, and protecting our most vulnerable with Medicaid, community corrections and juvenile services provider rate increases.
Senator Clements has been a strong supporter of legislation to grow Nebraska’s economy and promote job creation. He helped pass the ImagiNE Act, which replaced the Nebraska Advantage Act with updated tax incentives for businesses that create good-paying jobs and invest in Nebraska.
Senator Clements introduced and worked for the passage of LB454 (2019), amending the Realtor licensing requirements to allow homeschool graduates and other non-traditional applicants to receive a Realtor’s license, and included in the 2020 budget $4 million in career college scholarships for key workforce jobs where companies are having trouble filling positions and $10 million for the Rural Workforce Housing Development Fund.
Senator Clements has been a steadfast supporter of Life and co-sponsored two important pieces of legislation to defend the unborn that passed the Legislature despite filibusters by opponents.
LB209 (2019) ensured women seeking an abortion are given information about an abortion reversal medication that can provide a chance for a woman to deliver a healthy baby, despite having taken the first round of abortion drugs. LB814 (2020) banned the inhumane practice of dismemberment abortion of live babies. Senator Clements believes that adoption should be promoted as an alternative to abortion. He will continue to be a protector of the unborn and always defend the Right to Life.