Ricketts Urges Lawmakers To Up Military Retiree Tax Exemption To 100%

      Nebraska Gov Pete Ricketts pitched his proposed 100% tax exemption for military retirees to a legislative committee on Friday, saying it would help Nebraska compete for them when they start new careers. 

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

      Both bills were introduced by Sen Tom Brewer of Gordon, a highly-decorated veteran, who sees taxation of military benefits as a workforce development issue.

     Brewer says many military retirees from Offutt AFB near Omaha who have highly specialized skills and security clearances are leaving Nebraska and taking high-paying civilian jobs in states that don’t tax their retirement benefits.