Legislative Testimonies

Legislative Testimony for LB400: Change requirements related to coverage of telehealth by insurers and medicaid

Legislative Testimony for LB400: Change requirements related to coverage of telehealth by insurers and medicaid

Good afternoon, members of the HHS Committee. My name is Nicole Fox, and I am the Director of Government Relations for the Platte Institute. The Platte Institute supports LB400. Telehealth played an instrumental role in the provision of a variety of health care related services during the COVID-19 pandemic. It allowed patients to gain and maintain access...

By Nicole Fox

Legislative Testimony for LB133 & LR11CA: Proposals for a Nebraska consumption tax

Legislative Testimony for LB133 & LR11CA: Proposals for a Nebraska consumption tax

Good afternoon, Chairwoman Linehan and members of the Revenue Committee. I’m Sarah Curry, Policy Director at the Platte Institute and I am testifying in a neutral capacity on LB133 and LR11CA. Thank you to Sen. Erdman for proposing these bills, which is prompting a needed discussion about creating a more complete vision for tax reform...

By Sarah Curry

Legislative Testimony for LB422: Change the sales tax rate and impose sales tax on additional services

Legislative Testimony for LB422: Change the sales tax rate and impose sales tax on additional services

Good morning, Chairwoman Linehan and members of the Revenue Committee. I’m Sarah Curry, Policy Director at the Platte Institute and I am testifying in support of LB422. The Platte Institute supports an expansion of the sales tax base to purchases which are not business inputs to avoid tax pyramiding. We also believe any base broadening...

By Sarah Curry

Legislative Testimony for LB50: Change voice analysis examiner and voice stress analyzer provisions under the Licensing of Truth and Deception Examiners Act

Legislative Testimony for LB50: Change voice analysis examiner and voice stress analyzer provisions under the Licensing of Truth and Deception Examiners Act

Chairman Brewer and members of the Government, Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee, my name is Nicole Fox, and I am here today to testify on behalf of the Platte Institute in support of LB50. During the 2018 interim, I was invited to join a group of individuals at a meeting sponsored by Sen. Groene’s office...

By Nicole Fox

Legislative Testimony for LB250: Voluntary interior design registry

Legislative Testimony for LB250: Voluntary interior design registry

Chairman Brewer and members of the committee, my name is Laura Ebke. I am the Senior Fellow at the Platte Institute, and I am pleased to be here today to testify in favor of LB250 as introduced, and in general support of the compromise that was forged in AM43. The Platte Institute has maintained a...

By Laura Ebke

Legislative Testimony for LB263: Universal recognition of job licensing

Legislative Testimony for LB263: Universal recognition of job licensing

Chairman Brewer and members of the committee, my name is Laura Ebke. I am the Senior Fellow at the Platte Institute, and I am happy to be here today to testify in favor of LB263 and thank Senator Briese for introducing it. In 2018, Nebraska was the first state to pass a comprehensive occupational licensing...

By Laura Ebke

Legislative Testimony for LB584: Adopt the Mobile Food Unit Act and change fees for a mobile food unit

Legislative Testimony for LB584: Adopt the Mobile Food Unit Act and change fees for a mobile food unit

Good morning, Chairman Halloran and members of the Agriculture Committee. My name is Nicole Fox and I am the Director of Government Relations for the Platte Institute. I am here today to testify in a neutral capacity. In March of 2018, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation released its Food Truck Nation study.[i]  According to the...

By Nicole Fox

Legislative Testimony for LB60: Change provisions related to community college levies

Legislative Testimony for LB60: Change provisions related to community college levies

Good Afternoon, Chairwoman Walz and members of the Education Committee. My name is Nicole Fox, and I am the Director of Government Relations for the Platte Institute. I am here today to testify in opposition to LB60. Community colleges are just one of the many political subdivisions in this state with property tax levying authority. Currently, community...

By Nicole Fox

Legislative Testimony for LB19: Change provisions relating to nail technology and body art

Legislative Testimony for LB19: Change provisions relating to nail technology and body art

Chairman Arch, members of the committee. My name is Laura Ebke. I am the Senior Fellow at the Platte Institute. In 2019, we testified in opposition to LB607, which is the same bill as LB19 (as introduced). LB607 was advanced from the committee, ultimately passed by the Legislature, and vetoed by the governor because it...

By Laura Ebke

Legislative Testimony for LB211: Adopt the Reflexologist Registration Act

Legislative Testimony for LB211: Adopt the Reflexologist Registration Act

Good afternoon, Chairman Arch and members of the HHS Committee. My name is Nicole Fox, and I am the Director of Government Relations for the Platte Institute. I would like to thank Senator Murman for introducing this bill. I am here today to testify in support. The state of Nebraska has the most burdensome occupational licensing laws in...

By Nicole Fox

Legislative Testimony for LR22CA: Constitutional amendment to limit the total amount of property tax revenue that may be raised by political subdivisions

Legislative Testimony for LR22CA: Constitutional amendment to limit the total amount of property tax revenue that may be raised by political subdivisions

Good morning, Chairwoman Linehan and members of the Revenue Committee. The Platte Institute is in SUPPORT of this legislation. For property tax reform to deliver significant and sustainable results for Nebraskans, additional property tax limitations will have to be paired with any new revenues raised by the state and local governments. LR22CA is one potential...

By Sarah Curry

Legislative Testimony for LB408: Adopt the Property Tax Request Act

Legislative Testimony for LB408: Adopt the Property Tax Request Act

Good afternoon, Chairwoman Linehan and members of the Revenue Committee. The Platte Institute is in SUPPORT of this legislation. This morning you heard me talk about LR22CA, which is essentially the same proposal except in a constitutional amendment format. While we support and recommend voters having a voice in their government whenever possible, we know...

By Sarah Curry

Special Testimony: Letter to the City of Omaha in Support of a Virtual Public Comment Option

Special Testimony: Letter to the City of Omaha in Support of a Virtual Public Comment Option

Dear Mayor Stothert and Members of the Omaha City Council,  It is my pleasure to write in support of Councilmember Festersen’s Res. 2021-0035, which would amend the City Council’s Rules of Order to allow permanent virtual participation by members of the public via Zoom conferencing.  Nebraskans need more options for participating in the local and state government process....

By Jim Vokal

Legislative Testimony: LR415, Interim study to examine the state inheritance tax

Legislative Testimony: LR415, Interim study to examine the state inheritance tax

Chairwoman Linehan and members of the Revenue Committee, my name is Sarah Curry, and I am the Policy Director for the Platte Institute. Since there has been broad agreement in this committee that Nebraska needs tax modernization, I want to start today with a bit of legislative history. Nebraska’s inheritance tax law was adopted in...

By Sarah Curry