News Releases

News Release: Mark Geist elected to Platte Institute board

News Release: Mark Geist elected to Platte Institute board

NEWS RELEASE from the Platte Institute Attachment: Photo of Mark Geist Contact: Jim Vokal (402) 452-3737 jvokal@platteinstitute.org Mark Geist, of Lincoln, elected to Platte Institute board of directors Financial expert contributes business and nonprofit leadership LINCOLN, NE —  Mark Geist, a financial advisor from Lincoln, has been elected to the Platte Institute Board of Directors. A...

News Advisory: September 8, Platte Institute Legislative Summit in Lincoln

News Advisory: September 8, Platte Institute Legislative Summit in Lincoln

NEWS ADVISORY from the Platte Institute Attachment: Legislative Summit Issue Summaries Contact: Adam Weinberg (402) 500-0209 aweinberg@platteinstitute.org September 8: Platte Institute Legislative Summit Experts discuss new Truth in Taxation law, Nebraska workforce needs & more LINCOLN, NE — The Platte Institute will host its annual Legislative Summit at the Embassy Suites in downtown Lincoln (1040...

Media Availability: Jim Vokal on Nebraska’s new Truth in Taxation law

Media Availability: Jim Vokal on Nebraska’s new Truth in Taxation law

MEDIA AVAILABILITY with the Platte Institute Attachments: Truth in Taxation FAQ Photo of Jim Vokal Contact: Adam Weinberg (402) 500-0209 aweinberg@platteinstitute.org What is Truth in Taxation? New property tax transparency law debuts in September OMAHA, NE — Jim Vokal, CEO of the Platte Institute and host of the Nebraskanomics podcast, is available for interview and comment...

VIDEO: Nebraska Losing Taxpayers 10 Years Running

VIDEO: Nebraska Losing Taxpayers 10 Years Running

VIDEO NEWS RELEASE from the Platte Institute Video and audio recordings of today’s Platte Institute Virtual News Conference are now available for download. The video recording can be downloaded here. The audio recording can be downloaded here. Contact: Adam Weinberg (402) 500-0209 aweinberg@platteinstitute.org IRS data show Nebraska losing taxpayers to other states Among 10 worst...

Video News Release: Primary Election Reform Options

Video News Release: Primary Election Reform Options

VIDEO NEWS RELEASE from the Platte Institute Contact: Adam Weinberg (402) 500-0209 aweinberg@platteinstitute.org New podcast: Nebraska’s “Primary Problem” Electoral reforms to make primaries more competitive OMAHA, NE — The vote total for the winning candidate in Nebraska’s recent Republican gubernatorial primary equaled just more than 7% of registered voters. Election policy expert Tyler Fisher from Unite...

Video News Release: Experts provide Nebraska broadband update

Video News Release: Experts provide Nebraska broadband update

VIDEO NEWS RELEASE from the Platte Institute Contact: Adam Weinberg (402) 500-0209 aweinberg@platteinstitute.org Experts provide Nebraska broadband update Past legislative telecom chair Jim Smith hosts Nebraskanomics OMAHA, NE — Platte Institute Chief Strategy Officer Jim Smith, a former chair of the Nebraska Legislature’s Transportation and Telecommunications Committee, is the guest host of the latest episode of...

News Release: North Platte businessman Pat Keenan elected chairman of Platte Institute board of directors

News Release: North Platte businessman Pat Keenan elected chairman of Platte Institute board of directors

NEWS RELEASE from the Platte Institute Contact: Adam Weinberg (402) 500-0209 aweinberg@platteinstitute.org Attachment: Photo of Pat Keenan Pat Keenan elected chairman of Platte Institute board of directors North Platte businessman determined to realize Blueprint Nebraska vision NORTH PLATTE, NE — The Platte Institute board of directors has elected Pat Keenan, of North Platte, as chairman of the...

Media Availability: Nebraska Jobs Recovery on Pace to Rank 18th

Media Availability: Nebraska Jobs Recovery on Pace to Rank 18th

MEDIA AVAILABILITY with the Platte Institute Contact: Adam Weinberg (402) 500-0209 aweinberg@platteinstitute.org Attachments: Photo of Michael Lucci Article Document Michael Lucci: Nebraska continues toward full jobs recovery Thirteen states have surpassed pre-pandemic jobs peak OMAHA, NE — Platte Institute Senior Policy Advisor Michael Lucci writes on PlatteInstitute.org today that Nebraska remains behind its pre-pandemic peak for...

News Release: Unicameral to debate workforce-related bill

News Release: Unicameral to debate workforce-related bill

NEWS RELEASE from the Platte Institute Contact: Adam Weinberg (402) 500-0209 aweinberg@platteinstitute.org Bill reduces barriers to growing Nebraska’s workforce Proposal combines jobs bills from Sens. McCollister & Briese  LINCOLN, NE — Today, the Nebraska Legislature will begin first-round debate on Sen. John McCollister’s Legislative Bill 709 and related amendments, which contains job licensing and workforce-related legislation impacting workers...

Media Availability: Jim Vokal on Advancing Nebraska Tax Package

Media Availability: Jim Vokal on Advancing Nebraska Tax Package

MEDIA AVAILABILITY with the Platte Institute Contact: Adam Weinberg (402) 500-0209 aweinberg@platteinstitute.org Jim Vokal’s Statement on Advancing Nebraska Tax Package OMAHA, NE — This is a statement from Platte Institute Chief Executive Officer Jim Vokal on the advancement of Legislative Bill 873, the Unicameral’s 2022 tax plan. “While reducing taxes is certainly better than just spending...

Feb. 23: News Conference and Hearing on Blueprint Nebraska Tax Plan

Feb. 23: News Conference and Hearing on Blueprint Nebraska Tax Plan

NEWS RELEASE from the Platte Institute Contact: Adam Weinberg (402) 500-0209 aweinberg@platteinstitute.org TODAY: Omaha senator and Blueprint Nebraska leaders present tax modernization bill LB1264 lets Nebraskans earn $50,000 free of state income tax, offers student loan relief LINCOLN, NE — A bill proposed in the Nebraska Legislature aims to recruit and retain more workers and residents...

News Release: Unicameral approves bill to cut inheritance tax

News Release: Unicameral approves bill to cut inheritance tax

MEDIA AVAILABILITY with the Platte Institute Contact: Adam Weinberg (402) 500-0209 aweinberg@platteinstitute.org Unicameral approves bill to cut inheritance tax, exempt younger beneficiaries 78% of Nebraskans support going farther with complete repeal LINCOLN, NE – Today, the Nebraska Legislature has given final approval to Sen. Robert Clements’ Legislative Bill 310, which reduces Nebraska’s county-levied inheritance tax. The...

News Release: LB777 puts Unicameral recordings online

News Release: LB777 puts Unicameral recordings online

NEWS RELEASE from the Platte Institute Contact: Adam Weinberg (402) 500-0209 aweinberg@platteinstitute.org Legislative Testimony for Feb. 8: LB777 puts Unicameral recordings online Nebraska among last states without a legislative video archive LINCOLN, NE — Today, Platte Institute Director of Government Relations Nicole Fox will testify in support of Sen. Tom Brewer’s Legislative Bill 777 before...

VIDEO: A Blueprint for Better Broadband in Nebraska

VIDEO: A Blueprint for Better Broadband in Nebraska

VIDEO NEWS RELEASE from the Platte Institute Contact: Adam Weinberg (402) 500-0209 aweinberg@platteinstitute.org VIDEO: A Blueprint for Better Broadband in Nebraska Former Telecommunications Committee Chair Jim Smith reviews broadband grants  OMAHA, NE — A recording of today’s Virtual News Conference featuring Platte Institute Chief Strategy Officer Jim Smith is now available. The video recording of...