Proposed state legislative changes would prioritize community-based services and alternatives to detention for juveniles who are adjudicated delinquent. These proposals represent a serious effort to implement evidence-based juvenile justice practices that will both save Nebraska taxpayer dollars and more effectively address juvenile offenses and the factors that cause them. Nebraska taxpayers deserve a justice system that enhances public safety and reduces crime instead of merely reacting to it. Juvenile justice reform is an essential part of attaining those goals.
The 'Wellness in Nebraska' program sets forth numerous goals, namely that it will protect the most vulnerable, promote personal responsibility, reduce uncompensated care and provide budget stability. Unfortunately, this new proposal is unlikely to meet any of these objectives.
This study carefully examines both LB 999 and LB 907, as well as other successful prison reform options from across the country and includes a list of recommendations for policy makers.
After extensive research, the Platte Institute has released a new report detailing tax reform possibilities developed specifically for Nebraska.
The Fairness of Free Market Tax Policy
The key to helping the poor is not through a short-term and temporary redistribution, but through a reduction in the substantial tax impediments to saving and investing.
Honest Accounting and Public Employee Pensions in Nebraska
Defined benefit pensions plans for public sector employees
are under financial strain in states around the country. But
the true funding shortfalls may be drastically understated.
The Nebraska Legislature is currently considering an “alternative” plan to expand Medicaid eligibility, which it calls the Wellness in Nebraska (WIN) plan. This program sets forth numerous goals, namely that it will protect the most vulnerable, promote personal responsibility, reduce uncompensated care and provide budget stability. Unfortunately, this new proposal is unlikely to meet any of these objectives.
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