LINCOLN (AP) — New bills would increase state sales and income tax and remove a bevy of services currently exempt from sales tax — but only if lawmakers can't balance the state budget any other way.
State Sen. Abbie Cornett of Bellevue, also chairwoman of the Revenue Committee, introduced the measures Wednesday "in case of emergency only."
The first (LB559) would change the state's income tax rate, but leaves a blank for how much the rate would increase. Another (LB561) does the same for the state's sales tax, currently at 5.5 percent.
A third (LB560) would tax certain services currently exempt from sales tax, such as car repairs and hairstyling.
Cornett says she'd only push the bills if revenue projections drop or the Legislature is unable to pass a balanced budget.