Removing Barriers for Nebraskans

Nebraska Legislature to debate expanded telehealth access

Nebraska Legislature to debate expanded telehealth access

A measure expanding access to telehealth services in Nebraska has been advanced from the Health and Human Services Committee and now awaits legislative debate. The Platte Institute was one of twelve organizations providing testimony in support of Sen. John Arch’s LB400. Today, the Sarpy County senator gave the bill his priority designation. Senators are able...

By Nicole Fox

The Full Platter Podcast: Opportunity for Veterans

The Full Platter Podcast: Opportunity for Veterans

A bill in the Nebraska Legislature could help a Navy veteran begin the career he trained for in the service. And he’s not the only one. Laura Ebke speaks with Bridgeport native Mike Beyer on why universal recognition of job licensing and work experience would remove barriers for him and the services he can provide...

Nebraska licensing law short-circuits Navy veteran’s career plans

Nebraska licensing law short-circuits Navy veteran’s career plans

Bridgeport native Mike Beyer is someone who makes his community and country proud. From 2010 to 2018, he served as a Construction Electrician in the Navy, including assignments at Camp David and U.S. Naval Special Warfare Command. On his deployments to Iraq, Petty Officer Second Class Beyer supported SEAL Teams 3 and 7 as a...

By Adam Weinberg

Nebraska Forecasting Board shows optimism with increased projected state revenues

Nebraska Forecasting Board shows optimism with increased projected state revenues

The Nebraska Revenue Forecasting Board met today to discuss the status of the state’s revenue picture. This year the state of Nebraska will be drafting its two-year, or biennial, budget and will need an accurate forecast of state revenues. Overall, the mood of the meeting was very optimistic. On a national scene, Nebraska is recovering...

By Sarah Curry

City of Lincoln amends ordinance that shut down home bakers

City of Lincoln amends ordinance that shut down home bakers

This update on Lincoln’s cottage food ordinance is provided courtesy of the Institute for Justice, which represents Cindy Harper, a cottage food producer who lives in Lincoln. The city of Lincoln has amended the cottage food ordinance that last year prompted a lawsuit by the Institute for Justice (IJ) and home baker Cindy Harper, in...

The Full Platter Podcast: Recognizing Nebraska’s Workforce Challenge

The Full Platter Podcast: Recognizing Nebraska’s Workforce Challenge

To grow and prosper, Nebraska needs a larger workforce. Laura Ebke joins Jim Vokal to discuss why states are adopting universal recognition of job licensing and work experience to roll out the red carpet for workers and entrepreneurs. Resources mentioned on this episode: Take Action on LB263 LB263: Universal Recognition of Job Licensing Eager to...

Frequently asked questions about universal recognition of job licensing

Frequently asked questions about universal recognition of job licensing

Nebraska state senators in the Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee have held their hearing on Sen. Tom Briese’s LB263.  The bill provides for universal recognition, a pro-growth policy recognizing out-of-state occupational licenses based on the training or testing requirements a licensed applicant has already completed. It does not delicense any profession; rather, it eliminates...

By Laura Ebke

Colorado’s Democratic governor proposes ending property taxes on business equipment

Colorado’s Democratic governor proposes ending property taxes on business equipment

Colorado’s Democratic Gov. Jared Polis presented his State of the State address this week. In the speech, Polis proposed to make his state the latest to scrap personal property taxes on business equipment. A proposal moving in the same general direction is being considered this session in Montana, where the exemption would be doubled to...

By Adam Weinberg

South Dakota passes universal recognition of job licensing

South Dakota passes universal recognition of job licensing

On Wednesday, Nebraska’s neighbors to the north passed HB1077, a bill to provide universal recognition for occupational licensing. That bill, introduced at the request of Gov. Kristi Noem, is just waiting for her signature. The bill was passed in both houses by near-unanimous votes and will represent the third of Nebraska’s neighbors (Iowa and Missouri...

By Laura Ebke

The Full Platter Podcast: Death and Taxes

The Full Platter Podcast: Death and Taxes

Nebraska is one of only six states that levies an inheritance tax, but senators in both parties are working on ways to reduce the burden on families and businesses. Jim Vokal and Sarah Curry discuss a new report on one of Nebraska’s least understood taxes. Resources mentioned in this episode: Death and Taxes: Nebraska’s Inheritance...

Death and Taxes: Nebraska’s Inheritance Tax

Death and Taxes: Nebraska’s Inheritance Tax

Executive Summary Nebraska has been seeking ways to modernize its tax code for several years, and unfortunately, the inheritance tax has often been left out of the analysis. The inheritance tax is a worthy subject for tax modernization and reform because only six states continue to have this tax: Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Nebraska, New Jersey,...

By Sarah Curry

Inheritance taxes can cancel the dreams of Nebraskans and newcomers

Inheritance taxes can cancel the dreams of Nebraskans and newcomers

Do you remember Bless This Mess? The ABC sitcom took place in the fictional town of Bucksnort, Nebraska, and was canceled after two seasons. I started watching, thinking someday it might inspire an article. Here goes. While the show found its detractors, I stuck around for its Parks and Rec-like zaniness. It follows urban millennials...

By Adam Weinberg

Eager to welcome workers, legislatures move quickly on universal licensing recognition

Eager to welcome workers, legislatures move quickly on universal licensing recognition

The number of states introducing (and advancing) legislation that would grant universal recognition to licensed workers from out of state seems to be growing almost daily. In addition to Nebraska’s LB263, which was heard in the Government Committee almost two weeks ago, there are at least seven states that are moving what I would call...

By Laura Ebke