News Releases

Feb 1: Virtual News Conference on A Blueprint for Better Broadband in Nebraska

Feb 1: Virtual News Conference on A Blueprint for Better Broadband in Nebraska

VIRTUAL NEWS CONFERENCE with the Platte Institute Attachment: PDF of A Blueprint for Better Broadband in Nebraska Contact: Adam Weinberg (402) 500-0209 aweinberg@platteinstitute.org New report: A Blueprint for Better Broadband in Nebraska Former Telecommunications Committee Chair Jim Smith reviews broadband grants  OMAHA, NE — The cost to deliver broadband internet to every home and business...

February 1: Virtual news conference on a blueprint for broadband

February 1: Virtual news conference on a blueprint for broadband

NEWS ADVISORY from the Platte Institute Contact: Adam Weinberg (402) 500-0209 aweinberg@platteinstitute.org February 1: Virtual news conference on a blueprint for broadband Former Telecommunications Committee chair Jim Smith outlines new report The Platte Institute will host a virtual news conference on Zoom on Tuesday, February 1, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. Central Time, 9:30 a.m. Mountain. Registration is...

News Release: Kyle Arganbright joins Platte Institute board of directors 

News Release: Kyle Arganbright joins Platte Institute board of directors 

NEWS RELEASE from the Platte Institute Attachment: Photo of Kyle Arganbright Contact: Adam Weinberg (402) 500-0209 aweinberg@platteinstitute.org Kyle Arganbright joins Platte Institute board of directors Sandhills leader focuses on innovation through entrepreneurship, broadband, and housing VALENTINE, NE — Kyle Arganbright of Valentine, Nebraska is the newest member of the Platte Institute board of directors. A photo of Arganbright...

News Release: Omaha senator introduces Blueprint Nebraska tax modernization plan

News Release: Omaha senator introduces Blueprint Nebraska tax modernization plan

MEDIA AVAILABILITY with the Platte Institute Attachment: Survey Results Contact: Adam Weinberg (402) 500-0209 aweinberg@platteinstitute.org Omaha senator introduces Blueprint Nebraska tax modernization plan, poll shows 70% of Nebraskans agree taxes & workforce are linked LINCOLN, NE — Nebraska state Sen. Mike McDonnell, of Omaha, has introduced a major proposal for tax modernization in Nebraska with...

Statement: Jim Vokal on first-round passage of inheritance tax reduction

Statement: Jim Vokal on first-round passage of inheritance tax reduction

STATEMENT from the Platte Institute Contact: Adam Weinberg (402) 500-0209 aweinberg@platteinstitute.org Jim Vokal on first-round passage of inheritance tax reduction OMAHA, NE – This is a statement by Platte Institute Chief Executive Officer Jim Vokal on the first-round passage of Legislative Bill 310 and Revenue Committee Amendment 635 by a 41-4 vote. “Today, senators took an...

Media Availability: 78% of Nebraska voters favor ending county inheritance tax

Media Availability: 78% of Nebraska voters favor ending county inheritance tax

MEDIA AVAILABILITY with the Platte Institute Attachments: Survey Results Summary of Inheritance Tax and Select Results Contact: Adam Weinberg (402) 500-0209 aweinberg@platteinstitute.org Poll: 78% of Nebraska voters favor ending county inheritance tax Solid majority of Republicans, Democrats, and independents agree LINCOLN, NE — Senators in the Nebraska Legislature are preparing to debate Sen. Robert Clements’...

Dennis Hirschbrunner elected to Platte Institute board

Dennis Hirschbrunner elected to Platte Institute board

NEWS RELEASE from the Platte Institute Contact: Adam Weinberg (402) 500-0209 aweinberg@platteinstitute.org Attachment: Photo of Dennis Hirschbrunner Dennis Hirschbrunner elected to Platte Institute board of directors Board adds community-building insights from Columbus native, engineer, and entrepreneur COLUMBUS, NE — Columbus, Nebraska engineer and entrepreneur Dennis Hirschbrunner has joined the Platte Institute board of directors. A...

Video: Leaders and experts discuss state’s housing needs

Video: Leaders and experts discuss state’s housing needs

VIDEO NEWS RELEASE from the Platte Institute October 27, 2021 Contact: Adam Weinberg (402) 500-0209 aweinberg@platteinstitute.org October 27: Platte Institute webinar Leaders and experts discuss state’s housing needs A recording of the Platte Institute webinar, A Place to Live: Challenges and Opportunities for Housing in Nebraska, is now available for download. A video recording may be...

Oct. 7: Nebraska leaders and experts discuss Blueprint Nebraska initiatives

Oct. 7: Nebraska leaders and experts discuss Blueprint Nebraska initiatives

NEWS ADVISORY from the Platte Institute September 30, 2021 Contact: Adam Weinberg (402) 500-0209 aweinberg@platteinstitute.org October 7: Platte Institute Legislative Summit Nebraska leaders and experts discuss Blueprint Nebraska initiatives On Thursday, October 7, the Platte Institute will host its annual Legislative Summit at the Embassy Suites in downtown Lincoln (1040 P Street, Lincoln, NE 68508). The Summit...

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...