Podcasts

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...

The Full Platter Podcast: Death and Taxes

The Full Platter Podcast: Death and Taxes

Nebraska is one of only six states that levies an inheritance tax, but senators in both parties are working on ways to reduce the burden on families and businesses. Jim Vokal and Sarah Curry discuss a new report on one of Nebraska’s least understood taxes. Resources mentioned in this episode: Death and Taxes: Nebraska’s Inheritance...

The Full Platter Podcast: Staying Connected

The Full Platter Podcast: Staying Connected

What would Nebraskans do if more of them were connected to broadband? A new poll suggests most might video call their elected officials about high property taxes. Jim Vokal reviews the poll, and Adam Weinberg covers the less-discussed aspects of broadband deployment with Will Rinehart, Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Growth and Opportunity...

The Full Platter Podcast: Make it Permanent

The Full Platter Podcast: Make it Permanent

Lawmakers are looking at policies helping Nebraskans in the pandemic and whether to make them permanent. We discuss Sen. John Arch’s telehealth-related LB400, Sen. Tom Briese’s proposal for universal licensing recognition with LB263, and introduce Nebraskans who have been helped by recent changes. Resources mentioned on this podcast: Pediatric Therapy Center The Knee Center for...

The Full Platter Podcast: Truth in Taxation

The Full Platter Podcast: Truth in Taxation

A transparency proposal in the Legislature would prevent taxpayers from being blindsided by local property tax increases, and give them more of a voice in the process that decides their tax bill. Here are resources mentioned in this episode, along with some helpful links: The Platte Institute Take Action Section LB644: Truth in Taxation Platte...