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Platte Institute names new chair who will help guide Blueprint Nebraska growth plan

Platte Institute names new chair who will help guide Blueprint Nebraska growth plan

by Cindy Gonzalez, Nebraska Examiner North Platte, Nebraska, businessman Pat Keenan, whose career began in the soft drink industry, has been elected chairman of the nonprofit Platte Institute board of directors. Among the organization’s responsibilities is helping to activate economic initiatives in Blueprint Nebraska, a plan led by business and civic leaders to stimulate economic...

Nebraska continues towards full jobs recovery from pandemic recession

Nebraska continues towards full jobs recovery from pandemic recession

Nebraska gained 400 non-farm payroll jobs in March and its unemployment rate fell from 2.1% to 2.0%, according to new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The low unemployment rate ties Nebraska with Utah as the states with the lowest jobless rates. In addition, Nebraska’s strong February jobs gain was revised slightly upwards, thus...

By Michael Lucci

Get the facts about Nebraska’s high tax burden 

Get the facts about Nebraska’s high tax burden 

Two factors determine a state’s overall tax competitiveness. The first factor is the total tax burden, measured as a portion of state income. The second factor is the structure of the state’s tax code – the manner in which those revenues are collected. The goal for tax competitiveness in Nebraska, then, is to maintain a...

By Michael Lucci

Laura Ebke on Solutions for Nebraska’s Worker Shortage

Laura Ebke on Solutions for Nebraska’s Worker Shortage

Platte Institute Senior Fellow Laura Ebke says there’s more the state can do to welcome workers with career and military experience to join Nebraska’s workforce. A transcript of this episode is available below. If you’d like to watch this episode on YouTube, press play. Or you can listen to the podcast on Spotify or Apple...

Michael Lucci on Making Nebraska Taxes More Competitive

Michael Lucci on Making Nebraska Taxes More Competitive

Platte Institute Senior Policy Advisor Michael Lucci tells Jim Vokal an increasingly mobile workforce is prompting more states to take bold action on tax reform. A transcript of this episode is available below. If you’d like to watch this episode on YouTube, press play below. Or you can listen to the podcast on Spotify or...

3 Reasons to Post Nebraska Legislature Videos Online

3 Reasons to Post Nebraska Legislature Videos Online

Every bill introduced in the Nebraska Legislature receives a public hearing. In many ways, this is an extraordinary public service Nebraska offers. Nebraskans can bring numerous policy ideas to state senators, and as long as they can find a member willing to introduce legislation, those ideas will be considered by a legislative committee. Members of...

By Jim Vokal

Nebraskanomics: Iowa’s Incredible Tax Reform Turnaround

Nebraskanomics: Iowa’s Incredible Tax Reform Turnaround

Chris Ingstad of Iowans for Tax Relief joins Jim Vokal to update Nebraskans about major movements on tax policy in the Hawkeye State. A transcript of this episode is available below. If you’d like to watch this episode on YouTube, press play below. Or you can listen to the podcast on Spotify or Apple Podcasts....

Podcast: Jim Vokal & KFAB’s Ian Swanson talk transparency in the Nebraska Legislature

Podcast: Jim Vokal & KFAB’s Ian Swanson talk transparency in the Nebraska Legislature

Jim Vokal updates KFAB listeners on legislation to post the Unicameral’s meeting videos online, how Nebraska’s progress on tax issues compares with its neighbors, and one change senators can make to address the state’s workforce shortage. Mentioned on this podcast: Bill to require video archive of legislative hearings and floor debate advances Lower taxes spur...

Lower taxes spur new Nebraska-Iowa rivalry

Lower taxes spur new Nebraska-Iowa rivalry

The Nebraska-Iowa rivalry runs deep. Given the proximity of Nebraska’s largest cities, Iowa is usually considered our most comparable neighbor. And our states do have a lot in common. Nebraskans and Iowans often share family roots or even work across state lines. Some of our similarities are changing, though. Since the last time Nebraska beat...

By Jim Vokal

Bill to require video archive of legislative hearings and floor debate advances

Bill to require video archive of legislative hearings and floor debate advances

by Paul Hammel, Nebraska Examiner LINCOLN — The Nebraska Legislature would maintain a video archive of legislative debate and hearings under a bill advanced Thursday to debate. Legislative Bill 777 is portrayed as increasing transparency and keeping up with at least 46 other states that already keep a library of legislative proceedings. Supporters, including State...

In the Nebraska Examiner: Unicameral videos can strengthen First Amendment freedoms

In the Nebraska Examiner: Unicameral videos can strengthen First Amendment freedoms

Republished from the Nebraska Examiner Outlets like the Nebraska Examiner and the Flatwater Free Press exist because nonprofit foundations are recognizing that the traditional for-profit news model is in decline. Local newsrooms have been hollowed out around the country as media consumption habits have fundamentally changed.  People can instantly find any information they might want...

By Jim Vokal

Nebraska Forecasting Board Raises 2022 and 2023 Tax Revenue Projections Again

Nebraska Forecasting Board Raises 2022 and 2023 Tax Revenue Projections Again

The Nebraska Economic Forecasting Advisory Board met this week to forecast revenue figures that the Legislature will use as it takes up debate on the state’s mid-biennium budget in March. Revenue projections for the current fiscal year and FY2022-23 were raised based on anticipated increases across all tax receipt categories, including a projected $160 million...

By Nicole Fox

2022 Unicameral Halftime Report

2022 Unicameral Halftime Report

This week marked the halfway point in the 60-day session of the 107th Legislature. A total of 593 bills and 9 constitutional amendment proposals were introduced this year. These proposals joined the 522 carryover pieces of legislation from the 2021 90-day long session. Here are highlights of this session’s key Platte Institute priorities. We focused...

By Nicole Fox

4 Smart Ways Blueprint Nebraska Fixes Our Tax System

4 Smart Ways Blueprint Nebraska Fixes Our Tax System

Nebraska’s tax system funds critical government services. Though few people enjoy paying taxes, it’s worth tolerating a certain level of grumbling—and a certain level of sacrifice—to meet our commitments to the common good.  But for a long time, many different groups of Nebraskans have been trying to tell their leaders they’re not happy with the...

By Jim Vokal