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Nebraska Forecasting Board shows optimism with increased projected state revenues

Nebraska Forecasting Board shows optimism with increased projected state revenues

The Nebraska Revenue Forecasting Board met today to discuss the status of the state’s revenue picture. This year the state of Nebraska will be drafting its two-year, or biennial, budget and will need an accurate forecast of state revenues. Overall, the mood of the meeting was very optimistic. On a national scene, Nebraska is recovering...

By Sarah Curry

City of Lincoln amends ordinance that shut down home bakers

City of Lincoln amends ordinance that shut down home bakers

This update on Lincoln’s cottage food ordinance is provided courtesy of the Institute for Justice, which represents Cindy Harper, a cottage food producer who lives in Lincoln. The city of Lincoln has amended the cottage food ordinance that last year prompted a lawsuit by the Institute for Justice (IJ) and home baker Cindy Harper, in...

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...

Frequently asked questions about universal recognition of job licensing

Frequently asked questions about universal recognition of job licensing

Nebraska state senators in the Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee have held their hearing on Sen. Tom Briese’s LB263.  The bill provides for universal recognition, a pro-growth policy recognizing out-of-state occupational licenses based on the training or testing requirements a licensed applicant has already completed. It does not delicense any profession; rather, it eliminates...

By Laura Ebke

Colorado’s Democratic governor proposes ending property taxes on business equipment

Colorado’s Democratic governor proposes ending property taxes on business equipment

Colorado’s Democratic Gov. Jared Polis presented his State of the State address this week. In the speech, Polis proposed to make his state the latest to scrap personal property taxes on business equipment. A proposal moving in the same general direction is being considered this session in Montana, where the exemption would be doubled to...

By Adam Weinberg

South Dakota passes universal recognition of job licensing

South Dakota passes universal recognition of job licensing

On Wednesday, Nebraska’s neighbors to the north passed HB1077, a bill to provide universal recognition for occupational licensing. That bill, introduced at the request of Gov. Kristi Noem, is just waiting for her signature. The bill was passed in both houses by near-unanimous votes and will represent the third of Nebraska’s neighbors (Iowa and Missouri...

By Laura Ebke

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...

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

Inheritance taxes can cancel the dreams of Nebraskans and newcomers

Inheritance taxes can cancel the dreams of Nebraskans and newcomers

Do you remember Bless This Mess? The ABC sitcom took place in the fictional town of Bucksnort, Nebraska, and was canceled after two seasons. I started watching, thinking someday it might inspire an article. Here goes. While the show found its detractors, I stuck around for its Parks and Rec-like zaniness. It follows urban millennials...

By Adam Weinberg

Eager to welcome workers, legislatures move quickly on universal licensing recognition

Eager to welcome workers, legislatures move quickly on universal licensing recognition

The number of states introducing (and advancing) legislation that would grant universal recognition to licensed workers from out of state seems to be growing almost daily. In addition to Nebraska’s LB263, which was heard in the Government Committee almost two weeks ago, there are at least seven states that are moving what I would call...

By Laura Ebke

Arizona lawsuit targets zoning restrictions on mobile homes

Arizona lawsuit targets zoning restrictions on mobile homes

Nebraskans with safe and warm homes got a reminder this week of just how fortunate they are, as communities across the state and region experienced near-record low temperatures. A new video by the Institute for Justice tells the stories of Americans who are in danger of becoming homeless, all because the housing they can afford,...

By Adam Weinberg

Nebraska netted $453 million in taxes in January, annual revenues higher than before pandemic

Nebraska netted $453 million in taxes in January, annual revenues higher than before pandemic

Nebraska’s January state tax revenue report was released this morning and it shows a very strong picture for the Cornhusker State, despite some in Washington continuing to claim that states need more federal aid. January net receipts were $453 million. That is 19.1% above the forecast. Net Sales and Use: 14.5% above forecast Net Individual...

By Sarah Curry

Here’s how to get your new Nebraska property tax relief credit

Here’s how to get your new Nebraska property tax relief credit

In the past, Nebraska’s main property tax relief program appeared automatically on your property tax bill. While that program will continue, to benefit from the income tax credit provided to property taxpayers in the newly enacted Nebraska Property Tax Incentive Act, you need to make sure you’re filing the right form when you submit your...

By Adam Weinberg

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...