Removing Barriers for Nebraskans

Nicole Fox on Why Transparent Governments Post Hearings Online

Nicole Fox on Why Transparent Governments Post Hearings Online

Today, we’re talking about transparency in government and the need to post legislative debate and hearings online. Nicole Fox, Director of Government Relations at The Platte Institute and a former Nebraska State Senator, shares her unique perspective of policy making from a variety of angles. Currently, Nebraska Public Media live streams Unicameral floor debates and...

By Jim Vokal

Nebraska’s Cottage Food Law Produces Opportunities

Nebraska’s Cottage Food Law Produces Opportunities

In 2019, the Platte Institute worked with Senator Sue Crawford to pass the Nebraska Cottage Food Law. LB304 created a registration framework allowing in-home producers of shelf-stable foods to sell their products legally beyond farmers’ markets. This opened up the opportunity for year-round sales and delivery–from the kitchen or via mail order or personal delivery....

By Laura Ebke

Nebraska Income Tax Modernization

Nebraska Income Tax Modernization

Nebraska’s income tax was created in the Nebraska Revenue Act of 1967 and has been applied to both individuals and corporations since its creation. The income tax was increased soon after it was created, and it evolved into a less competitive structure over its first few decades. Nebraska policymakers took steps to improve the competitiveness...

By Michael Lucci

Nebraska Sales Tax Modernization

Nebraska Sales Tax Modernization

Nebraska was one of the last states to adopt a sales tax, allowing the Cornhusker State to benefit from the decades of sales tax experience in other states. Nebraska policymakers can once again fuse their knowledge from decades of sales tax experience with the principles of sound taxation to update Nebraska’s sales tax for the...

By Michael Lucci

Nebraska property tax modernization

Nebraska property tax modernization

Nebraska’s property tax is older than the state itself, and old taxes benefit from being updated as the state economy evolves. Property taxation was first instituted in 1857, under a territorial legislature, and then became a statewide tax when Nebraska achieved statehood in 1867. Nebraska leaders have iteratively updated the property tax system throughout the...

By Michael Lucci

Missouri Tax Reform Heightens Tax Competition on Nebraska’s Border

Missouri Tax Reform Heightens Tax Competition on Nebraska’s Border

Missouri Governor Mike Parsons signed a tax reform package into law on Wednesday, October 5th, improving Missouri’s individual income tax. Senate Bills 3 and 5 will advance the Show-Me State towards a lower, flatter income tax structure by enacting near-term rate cuts with more rate cuts scheduled for coming years. The tax cuts will result...

By Michael Lucci

Nebraska’s Property Tax Relief Needs to Deliver for all Taxpayers

Nebraska’s Property Tax Relief Needs to Deliver for all Taxpayers

Governor Pete Ricketts held a press conference on September 15th to encourage Nebraskans to claim their property tax credits.  The Department of Revenue’s website has the relevant documents, here, for Nebraskans who have not yet claimed their credits. Taxpayers can claim a credit worth up to 30% for their school property taxes paid, depending on...

By Michael Lucci

What you need to know about Truth in Taxation in Nebraska: Part 2

What you need to know about Truth in Taxation in Nebraska: Part 2

As a reminder, beginning this year, Nebraska’s counties, cities, school districts, and community colleges are required to directly notify taxpayers and hold joint public hearings if the budget they propose requires a more than 2% plus the real growth rate increase in property tax revenue compared to the previous year. This process is formally known...

By Elizabeth Hallgren

A Nebraska homeowner couldn’t pay $600 in property taxes, and lost $60,000 in home equity

A Nebraska homeowner couldn’t pay $600 in property taxes, and lost $60,000 in home equity

The Pacific Legal Foundation has asked the Supreme Court to hear a case questioning the constitutionality of a Nebraska law that allows counties to sell property tax liens to private entities, who can then take the property, and any equity that the owners have in excess of the tax obligation they owed. This process is known...

By Laura Ebke

Nebraska’s K-12 Finance System Lacks Transparency and Is Too Dependent on Property Taxes

Nebraska’s K-12 Finance System Lacks Transparency and Is Too Dependent on Property Taxes

For decades, Nebraska’s public school funding system has exerted major influence over the state’s tax policy. In 1989, the state adopted the Tax Equity and Educational Opportunities Act (TEEOSA), in an attempt to alleviate disparities in property tax burdens and education funding between districts by having the state take on a larger responsibility in funding...

By Christian Barnard

What you need to know about Truth in Taxation in Nebraska: Part 1  

What you need to know about Truth in Taxation in Nebraska: Part 1  

Truth in Taxation was passed by the Nebraska Legislature in 2021 and will be implemented for the first time in September 2022. This is the first blog in a two-part series. In this post I will introduce you to why Nebraska needs Truth in Taxation and what you can expect from the process. In the...

By Elizabeth Hallgren

Mark your calendar for Nebraska property tax hearings

Mark your calendar for Nebraska property tax hearings

In September, every taxpayer who has at least one taxing entity on their bill participating in a Truth in Taxation hearing will receive a mailed postcard with public hearing information. Legally, all hearings must be held after 6 p.m. between September 17 and 28, and postcards must be in the mail 7 days before a...

By Adam Weinberg

Make Nebraska property taxes honest with Truth in Taxation

Make Nebraska property taxes honest with Truth in Taxation

Want a say in how your property taxes are decided? Participate in a Truth in Taxation hearing. Every year in September, Nebraska's Truth in Taxation law requires cities, counties, school districts, and community college districts to directly notify taxpayers about proposed major property tax increases and hold public hearings where taxpayers can express their views about property taxes in their community. Tune into the latest episode of Nebraskanomics, How Nebraskans Can Control Property Taxes with Truth in Taxation, to learn: Chapters 00:00 Intro 01:38 Why Nebraska created a Truth in Taxation law. 05:55 What the Truth in Taxation process will involve every September. 11:05 How Nebraskans can use Truth in Taxation to keep property taxes in check. Stay tuned until the end, when I'll share how you can receive free Truth in Taxation resources, which will help you stand up for taxpayers in your area. === If you want more economic freedom in Nebraska, please visit PlatteInstitute.org to make a donation to help fund our research and advocacy. ❌It’s time to stop the status quo. Let’s remove economic barriers and make Nebraskans proud.

By Jim Vokal