Gov. Dave Heineman opened a new front in his criticism of a planned $370 million cancer treatment and research center on Monday.
Heineman said a proposed tax on cigarettes that would pay for a city contribution to the project amounts to “double taxation” — an unfair proposition for Omaha smokers when their tax dollars already help fund $50 million worth of state support for the project.
A public hearing on the proposition is expected to take a big chunk of the City Council’s time on Tuesday. We’ll be there.