Sales Tax To Pay Back Wrongfully Convicted Nebraskans
(KVHT) – A Nebraska county that owes more than $30 million to six people wrongfully convicted of murder has approved a new half-cent sales tax to help pay the legal judgment. The Gage County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to impose the sales tax, which will generate an additional $1.3 million annually to cover the county’s debt. The wrongfully convicted, known as the Beatrice Six, spent more than 70 years in prison for a 1985 rape and murder in Beatrice before DNA evidence exonerated them in 2008. Gage County has already raised its property tax as high as legally allowed and has started making payments, but county officials say relying on property taxes alone isn’t fair to farmers and homeowners who pay a much larger share than other residents.
More Top Stories
In a first, small step toward reopening the country, the Trump administration could relax coronavirus guidelines as early as Wednesday to make it easier for …read more
U.S. companies laying off workers in response to the coronavirus pandemic but still paying dividends and buying back shares are drawing criticism from labor unions, …read more
When an evangelical Christian pastor was arrested in Florida for flouting a stay-at-home order aimed at curbing the new coronavirus, a conservative religious liberty group …read more
The U.S. government’s massive effort to nurse the economy through the coronavirus crisis was billed as a send-money-and-don’t-sweat-the-details flood of cash to people and businesses …read more
U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders suspended his campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination on Wednesday in a conference call with staff, his campaign said in …read more