Nebraska Gov. Ricketts pitches military retiree tax exemption to senators

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Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts speaks in Lincoln, Neb., Monday, July 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts has pitched his proposed tax exemption for military retirees to a legislative committee, saying it would help Nebraska compete for them when they start new careers.

The Republican governor’s measure would expand Nebraska’s current, 50% tax exemption on military retiree pay that was passed last year.

The bill was introduced by Sen. Tom Brewer, of Gordon, who says he sees it as a workforce development issue. Brewer, a veteran, says many military retirees use their highly specialized skill and security clearances to move on to high-paying civilian jobs that would benefit Nebraska.

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