Government Spending

Taxpayers must address appetite for spending

Taxpayers must address appetite for spending

When I was running for the Legislature (both times), property taxes where high on peoples’ minds. I tried to listen to their concerns, and some comments I heard while watching the legislative coverage several days ago (and then again today) reminded me of some of the things that I’d heard, and the difficulty that I...

By Laura Ebke

How the 2020 Legislature should define success

How the 2020 Legislature should define success

Today, the second session of the 106th Nebraska Legislature convenes. Last year, 739 bills were introduced. Of those, 255 (roughly 1/3) were signed into law and 3 were vetoed. A resulting 481 bills were carried over. The first ten days of session are when new bills are introduced. It is anticipated another 500-700 bills will...

By Nicole Fox

Which school of economics do you identify with?

Which school of economics do you identify with?

Ever wonder where we get some of our economic ideas? Two predominant examples of economic views  are Keynesian and Classical (also sometimes referred to as Austrian economics). Keynesian is based on the British Economist John Maynard Keynes, who influenced much of the economic and fiscal behavior of governments in the early 1900’s.  In a nutshell,...

By Sarah Curry

Why is it so tough to pass a budget?

Why is it so tough to pass a budget?

This story just came through on my news alerts, and while this doesn’t relate directly to Nebraska politics, truth be told, any action or inaction by the federal government has implications for both the state government, and Nebraska taxpayers. When I was in the Legislature–maybe in the first year–one of the more experienced legislators got...

By Laura Ebke

Revenue Committee shelves changes to sales tax exemptions

Revenue Committee shelves changes to sales tax exemptions

It seems we have an answer to my previous question about sales tax exemptions and their part (if any) in the Revenue Committee’s 2020 legislative property tax proposal. So far, it looks like the committee won’t be including a proposal to remove sales tax exemptions right off the bat, instead relying on currently projected increases...

By Adam Weinberg