Podcasts

Case Study: How We Helped Create More Jobs in Nebraska

Case Study: How We Helped Create More Jobs in Nebraska

Nebraska has more jobs available than people to fill them. That can make job creation seem like an unimportant issue for the state.  But for Nebraska to grow and meet its workforce needs, it needs to offer economic opportunities for people from all walks of life and all communities. Recent census figures show Nebraska trails...

By Jim Vokal

Nebraskanomics: Former State Sen. Jim Smith on Next Steps for Blueprint Nebraska

Nebraskanomics: Former State Sen. Jim Smith on Next Steps for Blueprint Nebraska

Former Nebraska state Sen. Jim Smith is joining the Platte Institute as its new Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer. He discusses his past work at Blueprint Nebraska and how its initiatives are being carried over to the Platte Institute. You can watch the video on YouTube here or listen to the podcast episode on...

5 Essential Steps to Reform Taxes in Nebraska

5 Essential Steps to Reform Taxes in Nebraska

Do you ever wonder why Nebraska doesn’t seem to have its act together when it comes to taxes? Politicians want you to think it’s a red or blue problem. It’s not. It’s a lack of vision problem.  That’s why I’m sharing the five essential steps to reform Nebraska taxes. Stay tuned until the end to...

By Jim Vokal

Podcast: Post-Pandemic Economics with Jeremy Horpedahl

Podcast: Post-Pandemic Economics with Jeremy Horpedahl

Dr. Jeremy Horpedahl, Assistant Professor of Economics at Central Arkansas University, joins Jim to discuss some fast-moving economic indicators, and why the big picture issues may matter more in the months and years ahead. You can watch the video on YouTube here or listen to the podcast episode on Apple Podcasts or Spotify. Mentioned on this episode: Economist Writing Every...

Podcast: Help for Nebraska Small Businesses

Podcast: Help for Nebraska Small Businesses

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Nebraska District Director, Leon Milobar, joins Jim Vokal to discuss resources available to small businesses impacted by the pandemic, and even Nebraskans who are still thinking about getting into business. Mentioned on this episode: Nebraska SBA District Office SCORE Small Business Mentoring SBA Office of Advocacy GROW Nebraska Women’s Business...

Podcast: How the Unicameral Decides Tax Policy

Podcast: How the Unicameral Decides Tax Policy

Sarah Curry joins Jim Vokal to discuss a week full of tax policy-related proposals in Lincoln. Mentioned on this episode: Nebraska forecasting board increases two-year revenue projections LB644: Truth in Taxation – Direct Notification of Property Tax Increase Hearings

Podcast: Joe Bishop-Henchman on Nebraska Tax Reform & the American Rescue Plan

Podcast: Joe Bishop-Henchman on Nebraska Tax Reform & the American Rescue Plan

Joe Bishop-Henchman is no stranger to Nebraska tax issues. He discusses his new role at the National Taxpayers Union Foundation, where he’s challenging federal authorities who may seek to limit Nebraska’s control over its own tax and budget policies. Mentioned on this episode: Letter:  NTU Requests Clarification on State Tax Provision in American Rescue Plan...

Podcast: How to Inform Nebraskans About Property Taxes

Podcast: How to Inform Nebraskans About Property Taxes

Nicole Fox joins Jim Vokal to discuss an advancing proposal to notify Nebraska taxpayers about potential property tax increases. Resources mentioned on this episode: Poll shows Nebraskans favor more action on property taxes LB644: Truth in Taxation – Direct Notification of Property Tax Increase Hearings

Podcast: 5 Smart Ways to Use Nebraska’s Federal Relief Money

Podcast: 5 Smart Ways to Use Nebraska’s Federal Relief Money

Nebraska’s already running a revenue surplus, but more federal funds are on their way for the state and local governments. Sarah Curry outlines five ways the money can be used to give Nebraska more flexibility for its future economic and financial goals. Read more about the Platte Institute’s recommendations for using federal relief in Nebraska...

The Full Platter Podcast: Yellen About Biden’s Plan

The Full Platter Podcast: Yellen About Biden’s Plan

Sarah Curry joins Jim Vokal to discuss a confusing provision of the new federal relief plan, how the U.S. Treasury’s interpretation of the law might impact the ability of states like Nebraska to make their own tax and budget decisions, and what the Platte Institute is doing about it. Listen here.

The Full Platter Podcast: Opportunity for Veterans

The Full Platter Podcast: Opportunity for Veterans

A bill in the Nebraska Legislature could help a Navy veteran begin the career he trained for in the service. And he’s not the only one. Laura Ebke speaks with Bridgeport native Mike Beyer on why universal recognition of job licensing and work experience would remove barriers for him and the services he can provide...

The Full Platter Podcast: Recognizing Nebraska’s Workforce Challenge

The Full Platter Podcast: Recognizing Nebraska’s Workforce Challenge

To grow and prosper, Nebraska needs a larger workforce. Laura Ebke joins Jim Vokal to discuss why states are adopting universal recognition of job licensing and work experience to roll out the red carpet for workers and entrepreneurs. Resources mentioned on this episode: Take Action on LB263 LB263: Universal Recognition of Job Licensing Eager to...