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Don’t be dense: Geography alone can’t explain Nebraska property taxes

Don’t be dense: Geography alone can’t explain Nebraska property taxes

A tweet by The Omaha World-Herald’s Lincoln Bureau Chief Paul Hammel compares the latest average property tax rates between states and makes reference to a piece of conventional tax wisdom that often goes unquestioned. NE ranks No. 8 in the U.S. for highest property taxes by @TaxFoundation today as measured as a percentage of owner-occupied...

By Adam Weinberg

Nebraska has cut red tape for these careers and businesses

Nebraska has cut red tape for these careers and businesses

Nebraska’s 2020 legislative session ended on August 13. In looking through the multiple occupational licensing reform bills that were signed into law just this year, Laura Ebke and I couldn’t help but notice how great of an impact the Platte Institute’s campaign for job licensing reform has had since we first supported a bill eliminating the...

By Nicole Fox

The future of ridesharing might be decided in California

The future of ridesharing might be decided in California

If you’ve traveled into an airport of any size in the last few years, the chances are that as you waited for a cab or airport shuttle, you’ve also seen lines of Ubers or Lyfts—vehicles and drivers part of the “ridesharing” economy. Or perhaps you’ve learned to use these services to get where you need...

By Laura Ebke

Nebraska’s unemployment rate falling, but still near Great Recession levels

Nebraska’s unemployment rate falling, but still near Great Recession levels

Following an uptick in unemployment in June, Nebraska’s preliminary July unemployment rate fell to the second-lowest in the country, but the jobless figure is still at historically elevated levels for the state. While any almost any state would be happy to trade places with Nebraska, the July unemployment rate of 4.8% is closer to the...

By Adam Weinberg

Why the online sales tax was a good move for Nebraska

Why the online sales tax was a good move for Nebraska

In 2019, Nebraskans started paying sales tax on most of their online purchases. Little did we know back then that this policy would help the state weather the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank, “e-commerce retail sales totaled $211.5 billion in Q2, an increase of $51.1 billion or 31.8% from the...

By Sarah Curry

New property tax legislation will not help national ranking

New property tax legislation will not help national ranking

The 13th edition of the American Legislative Exchange Council’s national ranking of states was released, and Nebraska ranks 19th out of 50 on economic performance. (1 = best, 50 = worst) You might be asking yourself; how do they measure economic performance? Well, it looks backwards on how the state has performed in three different...

By Sarah Curry

The Nebraska Property Tax Incentive Act: What’s good about it, and what’s not?

The Nebraska Property Tax Incentive Act: What’s good about it, and what’s not?

As part of a last-minute compromise in LB1107, Nebraska state senators have given final approval to a new property tax relief program (not, as Sarah Curry notes, property tax reform). The new program expected to be signed into law is called the Nebraska Property Tax Incentive Act, which will join the list of other state...

Withholding taxes show impact of Nebraskans still out of work

Withholding taxes show impact of Nebraskans still out of work

It is no secret there are economic consequences to the COVID-19 pandemic, but some figures might be misleading policymakers and people’s perception of state revenues and the economy. While Nebraska is weathering the pandemic’s economic storm relatively better than many states, there is still reason to pause when looking at the revenue numbers. The federal...

By Sarah Curry

67% of Omaha town hall participants dissatisfied with property tax compromise

67% of Omaha town hall participants dissatisfied with property tax compromise

At our fifth and final Virtual Property Tax Town Hall of the summer, Omaha area voters and taxpayers had the chance to weigh in on a number of online straw polls on property tax issues. While most of these poll questions were asked of previous participants, the Legislature’s recent advancement of LB1107 gave us the...

By Adam Weinberg

New York lawmakers seek to license “shampoo assistants”

New York lawmakers seek to license “shampoo assistants”

It would appear that lawmakers around the country haven’t gotten the word that more regulation doesn’t help the economy. Take for instance this legislation (sent to me via this link today) moving through the New York Assembly. While it doesn’t appear that the legislation is moving quickly, one has to wonder what motivates the introduction...

By Laura Ebke

LB607 is bad for already hard hit businesses

LB607 is bad for already hard hit businesses

It’s no secret that many Nebraska businesses are hurting as a result of forced shutdowns during the pandemic. But a bill set for Select File debate this week would add insult to injury for a number of small businesses that were required to close this year. LB607 is a bill that proposes to redefine what...

By Nicole Fox

Legislature advances property tax relief, not reform

Legislature advances property tax relief, not reform

On August 5, Nebraska lawmakers debated and advanced LB1107, a comprehensive tax and economic package including new property tax relief measures. The Legislature previously debated a separate plan, LB1106 in July, which failed to receive the required 33 votes to overcome a filibuster. LB1107 is a compromise in every sense of the word. Both Republicans and...

By Sarah Curry