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OMAHA, NE - Charlie Janssen was the guest speaker at a Monday meeting of the Metropolitan Omaha Property Owners Association. Janssen was introduced by MOPOA Board President John Chatelain and was asked for an update on his campaign for Governor and a summary of important legislation being considered by the Unicameral.

Janssen took questions on property tax relief, state aid to schools, and his bill to require photo identification for voting purposes. The majoirty of the questions concerned government regulations and property rights.

"There are too many government regulations that hurt small business owners, and the agencies charged with enforcing them are often punitive instead of helpful," Janssen said. "As property owners, you know this all to well and you face regulations from all levels of government. As Governor, I want to take a look at what's necessary and what isn't so we can government out of your way...


LINCOLN (AP) -- Opponents of a voter identification bill threatened a lawsuit Thursday if Nebraska lawmakers approve it, while supporters cast the measure as a preventive effort to protect against voter fraud.

The issue triggered a heated debate during a legislative hearing, where opponents outnumbered supporters by a nearly 5-to-1 margin. Some compared the bill to poll taxes levied in the post-Civil War South to keep minorities from voting. The head of a Nebraska taxpayers' group argued that any person who was "too lazy" to request a free state-issued ID probably wouldn't vote on Election Day.

Sen. Charlie Janssen of Fremont, a Republican candidate for governor, introduced the bill. He (introduced the bill in 2012) with last year's attempt making it to the floor after supporters failed to overcome an eight-hour filibuster.

Voter ID, an issue throughout the nation's statehouses, is...



(Lincoln, Neb.) Gov. Dave Heineman today issued the following statement after the Legislature’s Revenue Committee advanced a bill which would provide tax breaks to out-of-state wind energy developers.

“It is very disappointing that the Legislature’s Revenue Committee has decided to provide out-of-state wind energy developers a tax break, but the Revenue Committee refuses to provide much-needed tax relief to Nebraska families, Nebraska seniors, Nebraska veterans, and Nebraska small business owners. The Revenue Committee’s priorities are misguided. Instead of carving out an exemption for out-of-state special interests, the Legislature should be working to lower the taxes of Nebraskan citizens who continue to bear the burden for special interest tax breaks.”

The following State Senators voted to advance out-of-state special interest tax breaks: Galen Hadley of Kearney, Burke Harr of Omaha, Pete Pirsch of Omaha,...


Meet Charlie Janssen this Tuesday, March 5, in Omaha!

Royalwood on the Green Clubhouse 
12555 S 125th Ave

(1 block south of 125th & Center)

7:00 to 8:30 PM.

Special Introduction by Joe Herring. Please bring a friend. Refreshments will be served. No cost to attend. 

Please RSVP if you can attend by phone at 402-913-3071 or by email at

We'll see you there Tuesday!

February 27, 2013 11:00 am  •  By Sen. Charlie Janssen

Tax policy continues to be at the forefront of our work in the Legislature this month.

Last week, the Revenue Committee, per the request of Governor Heineman, indefinitely postponed LB405 and LB406. These bills sought to eliminate or reduce the individual and corporate income taxes through repeal of several sales tax exemptions.

It was apparent from the majority of the public input that these plans did not have the support needed to advance further in the legislative process.

My colleagues and I who serve on the Revenue Committee will...