Gov. 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.