News Releases

News Release: Jim Vokal on $1 billion boost to state tax receipts

News Release: Jim Vokal on $1 billion boost to state tax receipts

STATEMENT from the Platte Institute Attachment: Photo of Jim Vokal Contact: Adam Weinberg (402) 500-0209 aweinberg@platteinstitute.org Jim Vokal on Nebraska’s $1 billion boost in state tax receipts OMAHA, NE – This is a statement by Platte Institute Chief Executive Officer Jim Vokal on newly-released Nebraska state revenues for the 2020-2021 fiscal year (more analysis and commentary...

News Release: Jim Smith to join Platte Institute as Executive Vice President

News Release: Jim Smith to join Platte Institute as Executive Vice President

NEWS RELEASE from the Platte Institute Attachment: Photo of Jim Smith Contact: Adam Weinberg (402) 500-0209 aweinberg@platteinstitute.org Jim Smith to join Platte Institute as Executive Vice President Former senator to provide strategy and small business insights OMAHA, NE — Former Nebraska state Sen. Jim Smith, of Papillion, will join the staff of the Platte Institute...

New video & podcast series: Nebraskanomics

New video & podcast series: Nebraskanomics

NEWS RELEASE from the Platte Institute May 12, 2021 Contact: Adam Weinberg (402) 500-0209 aweinberg@platteinstitute.org Attachments: Nebraskanomics Podcast Image Nebraskanomics Cover Image New video & podcast series: Nebraskanomics Platte CEO Jim Vokal takes on Nebraska’s economic barriers OMAHA, NE — Platte Institute CEO Jim Vokal is the host of the new video and podcast series,...

News Release: Permanent telehealth reforms adopted unanimously by Unicameral

News Release: Permanent telehealth reforms adopted unanimously by Unicameral

NEWS RELEASE from the Platte Institute Contact: Adam Weinberg Mobile: (402) 500-0209 aweinberg@platteinstitute.org Permanent telehealth reforms adopted unanimously by Unicameral LINCOLN, NE – Today, Nebraska state senators unanimously adopted Sen. John Arch’s Legislative Bill 400, which makes permanent a number of temporary changes related to telehealth made by emergency order at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic. LB400...

News Release: Platte Institute makes recommendations for state and local relief spending

News Release: Platte Institute makes recommendations for state and local relief spending

NEWS RELEASE from the Platte Institute March 24, 2021 Contact: Adam Weinberg (402) 500-0209 aweinberg@platteinstitute.org Attachment: Platte Institute recommendations for American Rescue Plan dollars Platte Institute recommendations for Nebraska’s federal relief spending Priorities including boosting rainy day fund, broadband, and financial oversight OMAHA, NE – The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) allocates more than $2.3 billion to...

News Release: Platte Institute Joins Coalition Writing Secretary Yellen on Federal Tax Regulations

News Release: Platte Institute Joins Coalition Writing Secretary Yellen on Federal Tax Regulations

NEWS RELEASE from the Platte Institute Attachment: Letter to U.S. Department of Treasury Contact: Adam Weinberg (402) 500-0209 aweinberg@platteinstitute.org Platte Institute signs letter to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen Interpretation of Biden plan may impact Nebraska policy for years OMAHA, NE — Last year, the Platte Institute led a coalition calling on Congress to provide financial flexibility for states...

VIDEO: Virtual news conference with Sen. Tom Briese and Mike Beyer

VIDEO: Virtual news conference with Sen. Tom Briese and Mike Beyer

VIDEO NEWS RELEASE from the Platte Institute Contact: Adam Weinberg (402) 500-0209 aweinberg@platteinstitute.org VIDEO: Virtual news conference with Sen. Tom Briese and Mike Beyer OMAHA, NE – A recording of today’s Platte Institute Virtual News Conference with Sen. Tom Briese and Bridgeport, Nebraska electrical lineman Mike Beyer on Legislative Bill 263 is now available for download....

Virtual News Conference: Job licensing law short-circuits Navy veteran’s career goals

Virtual News Conference: Job licensing law short-circuits Navy veteran’s career goals

VIRTUAL NEWS CONFERENCE with the Platte Institute Contact: Adam Weinberg (402) 500-0209 aweinberg@platteinstitute.org TODAY: Job licensing law short-circuits Navy veteran’s career goals An update on universal recognition of licensing with Sen. Tom Briese Photos: Mike Beyer 1 Mike Beyer 2 OMAHA, NE — From 2010 to 2018, Bridgeport native Mike Beyer served as a Construction...

March 2: Virtual News Conference with Sen. Tom Briese and Special Guest

March 2: Virtual News Conference with Sen. Tom Briese and Special Guest

NEWS ADVISORY from the Platte Institute Contact: Adam Weinberg (402) 500-0209 aweinberg@platteinstitute.org March 2: Virtual news conference on job licensing Nebraska state Sen. Tom Briese & a special guest OMAHA, NE – The Platte Institute will host a virtual news conference featuring Nebraska state Sen. Tom Briese, the sponsor of the occupational licensing reform bill...

News Release: Legislative testimony for Feb. 18, 2021

News Release: Legislative testimony for Feb. 18, 2021

NEWS RELEASE from the Platte Institute Contact: Adam Weinberg (402) 500-0209 aweinberg@platteinstitute.org Legislative testimony for February 18: LB310 & LB377 Revenue Committee hears two proposals on inheritance tax LINCOLN, NE – Today, the Nebraska Legislature’s Revenue Committee is set to hold hearings on two inheritance tax-related bills, Sen. Robert Clements’ Legislative Bill 310 and Sen. Wendy...

Video News Release: Virtual news conference on Nebraska’s inheritance tax

Video News Release: Virtual news conference on Nebraska’s inheritance tax

VIDEO NEWS RELEASE from the Platte Institute Contact: Adam Weinberg (402) 500-0209 aweinberg@platteinstitute.org VIDEO: Virtual news conference on Nebraska’s inheritance tax Revenue Committee to hear two inheritance tax proposals Thursday OMAHA, NE – A recording of today’s Platte Institute Virtual News Conference on Sarah Curry’s policy brief, Death and Taxes: Nebraska’s Inheritance Tax, is now available...

Feb. 17: New Report on Nebraska’s Inheritance Tax

Feb. 17: New Report on Nebraska’s Inheritance Tax

VIRTUAL NEWS CONFERENCE with the Platte InstituteFebruary 17, 2021 Contact: Adam Weinberg (402) 500-0209 aweinberg@platteinstitute.org Feb. 17: Death and Taxes Revenue Committee to hear proposals on inheritance tax on Thursday OMAHA, NE – Nebraska is one of only six states that levies an inheritance tax. As lawmakers consider how to modernize Nebraska’s tax code to be...

Feb. 17: Virtual news conference on inheritance tax report & legisation

Feb. 17: Virtual news conference on inheritance tax report & legisation

VIRTUAL NEWS CONFERENCE with the Platte Institute February 15, 2021 Contact: Adam Weinberg (402) 500-0209 aweinberg@platteinstitute.org Feb. 17: Death and Taxes Revenue Committee to hear proposals on inheritance tax OMAHA, NE – The Platte Institute will host a virtual news conference for its latest policy brief, “Death and Taxes: Nebraska’s Inheritance Tax.” A copy of the...

Feb. 10: Revenue Committee hears property tax transparency proposal

Feb. 10: Revenue Committee hears property tax transparency proposal

NEWS RELEASE from the Platte Institute Contact: Adam Weinberg Mobile: (402) 500-0209 aweinberg@platteinstitute.org TODAY: Revenue Committee hears property tax transparency proposal Poll shows 77% of Nebraskans want to be notified about tax hearings LINCOLN, NE – Today, Platte Institute Policy Director Sarah Curry will testify in support of Sen. Ben Hansen’s Legislative Bill 644 before the Nebraska Legislature’s...