Policy Studies

Blueprint Nebraska’s Report on the Economic and Fiscal Impact of Tax Modernization

Blueprint Nebraska’s Report on the Economic and Fiscal Impact of Tax Modernization

The complete economic and fiscal impact report on the Blueprint Nebraska tax modernization plan by Regional Economic Models, Inc. is available in PDF format at this link. This page provides Blueprint Nebraska’s summary of that report. Nebraska has an outdated tax system that features relatively high taxes and inefficient and unpredictable funding of essential government services....

Omaha and Lincoln’s Growing Challenge in Pension Funding

Omaha and Lincoln’s Growing Challenge in Pension Funding

Executive Summary Public pension debts from three major municipal plans in Nebraska are approaching $1 billion, and an analysis of Omaha’s two municipal systems and Lincoln’s public safety plan suggest that this shortfall is likely to continue to expand unless policymakers make meaningful changes to how the city funds and manages the retirement plans. In...

By Zachary Christensen, Jordan Campbell

Death and Taxes: Nebraska’s Inheritance Tax

Death and Taxes: Nebraska’s Inheritance Tax

Executive Summary Nebraska has been seeking ways to modernize its tax code for several years, and unfortunately, the inheritance tax has often been left out of the analysis. The inheritance tax is a worthy subject for tax modernization and reform because only six states continue to have this tax: Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Nebraska, New Jersey,...

By Sarah Curry

Build More Housing: Land Use Reform Opportunities for Nebraska’s Cities

Build More Housing: Land Use Reform Opportunities for Nebraska’s Cities

Introduction Across the U.S., local zoning ordinances limit the amount of housing that can be built within their jurisdictions and drive up costs for housing that is permitted. These regulations are particularly burdensome for low-income households.1 The effects of land use regulations on housing costs are largest in high-cost coastal regions, but the ubiquity of...

By Emily Hamilton, Kelcie McKinley

Platte Institute Legislative Issue Guide: The 107th Legislature

Platte Institute Legislative Issue Guide: The 107th Legislature

Click here to download the Legislative Issue Guide in PDF format. Click below to advance to a section: Occupational Licensing Reform Regulations Transparency and Good Governance Truth in Taxation Taxes Additional Platte Institute Resources Introduction As we enter the 2021 legislative session in Nebraska, elected officials are faced with the daunting and possibly overwhelming task...

2019-2020 Nebraska Occupational Licensing Review

2019-2020 Nebraska Occupational Licensing Review

Introduction Much has changed since our 2018 review of Nebraska’s progress on occupational licensing policy and reform. The first year of licensing reviews growing out of LB299, Nebraska’s Occupational Board Reform Act, were completed in 2019. Committees of the Unicameral reviewed 26 individual licenses across eight of the standing committees. Several of the other committees—either...

By Laura Ebke

Disruptions from COVID-19 on Nebraska’s Agriculture

Disruptions from COVID-19 on Nebraska’s Agriculture

Government and industry responses to the COVID-19 pandemic created a variety of unique situations for agriculture. The “stay-at-home” orders forced consumers to be homebound, which increased the demand for food in grocery stores while simultaneously reducing the demand for food in restaurants. Reduced consumer travel caused the demand for ethanol to fall, impacting distillers’ grains,...

By Sarah Curry, Jay Rempe

Where is the Money Going? Tracking COVID-19 Relief Funds in Nebraska

Where is the Money Going? Tracking COVID-19 Relief Funds in Nebraska

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit our nation, Congress reacted by enacting a historic $2 trillion spending plan to keep our nation from falling into financial ruin. In total, there have been four pieces[1] of federal legislation enacted with the intent to help individuals and states combat the health and economic crisis that occurred, of which...

By Sarah Curry

Nebraska PPP loan data show CARES Act tax policies are essential

Nebraska PPP loan data show CARES Act tax policies are essential

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is one of the largest parts of the federal government’s CARES Act relief legislation. The PPP provides loans intended to help small businesses—those with 500 or fewer employees—maintain their payroll, hire back any employees who were laid off, and cover applicable overhead expenses such as rent and utilities. Detailed data...

By Sarah Curry, Jaliya Nagahawatte

The Economic Impact of COVID-19 on the Nebraska Economy: Third Cut

The Economic Impact of COVID-19 on the Nebraska Economy: Third Cut

Dear Nebraskans, Our state and nation have been actively fighting COVID-19 since mid-March. We are getting a handle on the public health aspect of the crisis, yet the economic impact is still being realized as businesses begin to reopen. As more data becomes available, we can start to measure the impact this crisis is having...

By Ernie Goss, Scott Strain

Nebraska’s Sales Tax

Nebraska’s Sales Tax

Reducing reliance on the property tax through ending Nebraska’s many sales tax exemptions can help create the right environment for revenue-neutral tax reform.

By Sarah Curry, Adam Weinberg