Government Spending

Flexibility for CARES Act Gaining Momentum in Congress

Flexibility for CARES Act Gaining Momentum in Congress

The CARES Act has received criticism since its enactment in late March, however, there is a growing consensus of lawmakers seeing that a change is needed to the original legislation. As written, the CARES Act only allows the $150 billion in aid to states and local governments to be used for new spending, not to...

By Sarah Curry

Platte Institute Coalition Letter Mentioned on C-SPAN

Platte Institute Coalition Letter Mentioned on C-SPAN

The Platte Institute and North Carolina-based John Locke Foundation are leading a coalition of states to encourage Congress to amend the CARES Act.  This would provide states and local governments more flexibility with the federal relief dollars. Kokai offered these comments during an April 25, 2020, appearance on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal.”

By Sarah Curry

Nebraska-Iowa Rivalry on Display in Federal Relief Proposals

Nebraska-Iowa Rivalry on Display in Federal Relief Proposals

Last week Nebraska’s Representative Don Bacon (R) filed legislation aimed at helping local governments utilize the funding already allocated to states under the previously enacted CARES Acts.  His bill, properly named the FLEX Act, gives states the flexibility they need (and many have asked for) to combat this crisis without spending more money.  This coincides with a coalition...

By Sarah Curry

Webinar: The CARES Act and Taxes

Webinar: The CARES Act and Taxes

Download the slides from this webinar in PDF format. The program may also be viewed and shared on Facebook and YouTube.

Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis: the Next 90 Days

Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis: the Next 90 Days

Our Goal: Protect the health, safety, and economic opportunity of all Nebraskans. Our Approach: As Nebraska’s Directed Health Measures are eased, working Nebraskans will need new and safe opportunities in a changed economy. For Nebraska to experience a full economic recovery, it will require a fertile environment for new businesses to start and existing firms...

By Sarah Curry

How Much Money Is Coming to Nebraska?

How Much Money Is Coming to Nebraska?

It is a question many have been asking since Congress passed the historic CARES Act at the end of March.  Since then there have been two other relief packages for a total cost of more than $2 trillion. But just exactly how much is being sent to Nebraska?  Well, that is an important question on...

By Sarah Curry

Thank You for “CAREing!”

Thank You for “CAREing!”

On March 27, President Trump signed the CARES Act into law, providing $2 trillion in financial aid to families and businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. $150 billion of this $2 trillion was allocated to states. The CARES Act specifies that the $150 billion in funds may be used for emergency expenses or for newly...

By Nicole Fox