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This issue of Review of Applied Urban Research features "Broadening the Sales Tax Base in Nebraska," by H. Wade German and Mary D. Sianis.

With the demand for state and local government services increasing at a rate greater than most present tax structures can accommodate, either additional resources must be shifted from the private to the public sector, or public services must be adjusted within tax revenue expectations. The recent debates surrounding the extension of the additional one-half percent sales tax in Omaha and the continuing public pressure to minimize the burden of taxation highlight the basic problem that, at the local level, tax receipts tend to be inelastic relative to changes in personal income. While this is also true for many states, the increasing dependence on state personal taxes vis-a-vis other tax levies has somewhat mitigated this problem.