Herbster holds meet and greet in Fairbury, talks taxes, Heineman

FAIRBURY, NE — A candidate for governor continues to canvas rural Nebraska.

Charles Herbster is a rancher from Falls City and one of two prominent Republicans seeking the governor’s office next November. He toured Prairie View Industries in Fairbury on Monday morning and hosted a meet and greet at Heartland Bank. Herbster says the main complaint he hears is about taxes.

“Maybe what we had in the 60s and the 70s worked, today we have to have something that’s more fair and more equitable so we can create the great things that we have and people are going to want to come to Nebraska,” Herbster said.

He says nearly every part of the tax code should be on the table, including cutting exemptions, adjusting property tax, motor vehicle tax, income tax, and involving a possible consumption tax.

“We’re actually creating an environment where we’re encouraging people to leave the state," Herbster said. "I want to recreate, rebrand the state, remarked the state.”

On Monday, NCN’s Joe Jordan reported that former Gov. Dave Heineman recently resigned from the board of one of Herbster’s companies, something he said he would do if he decided to run for his old job. Herbster says the departure won’t change anything in his company.

“I know that he and his son want to do things together," Herbster said. "I think he just felt it was the time after five and half years that maybe he wanted to do something different.”

University of Nebraska Regent Jim Pillen is the other major candidate in the race. Heinemann and state Sen. Brett Lindstrom are said to be considering entering the race.