Events

Past Events

October 27, 2021 11:00am CT / 10:00am MT

(Webinar) A Place to Live: Challenges and Opportunities for Housing in Nebraska

Valentine Mayor Kyle Arganbright, Dr. Emily Hamilton of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, Kathy Mesner of Mesner Development Co., and Grace Thomas of the Verdis Group and the Omaha Missing Middle Housing Campaign will discuss strategies for increasing affordability and attainability of housing in Nebraska communities statewide. Program will be held live on Zoom at 11 a.m. Central/10 Mountain. Registration required.

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October 7, 2021 8:00am CT / 7:00am MT

Blueprint Nebraska: The 2021 Platte Institute Legislative Summit

Join the Platte Institute and other Blueprint Nebraska Alliance Partners and volunteers at the Embassy Suites Lincoln (1040 P Street, Lincoln, NE 68508) to discuss the Blueprint vision of a stronger workforce, connecting Nebraska communities with broadband, and the new Blueprint Nebraska tax modernization framework. More summit agenda details available on the registration page.

September 9, 2021 6:30pm CT / 5:30pm MT

Town Hall: Taxpayers Decide in Kearney

Former state Sen. Jim Smith and District 47 Nebraska state Sen. Steve Erdman will co-host a town hall program at The World Theatre (2318 Central Avenue, Kearney, NE 68847) to take your questions on two different proposals for overhauling Nebraska’s tax code, the Blueprint Nebraska tax modernization plan, and the EPIC Consumption Tax. Click here to view an event flyer.

September 8, 2021 6:30pm CT / 5:30pm MT

Town Hall: Taxpayers Decide in North Platte

Former state Sen. Jim Smith and District 47 Nebraska state Sen. Steve Erdman will co-host a town hall program at Mid-Plains Community College South Campus’ McDonald-Belton Theater (601 W State Farm Road, North Platte, NE 69101) to take your questions on two different proposals for overhauling Nebraska’s tax code, the Blueprint Nebraska tax modernization plan, and the EPIC Consumption Tax. Click here to view an event flyer.

September 7, 2021 7:30pm CT / 6:30pm MT

Town Hall: Taxpayers Decide in Scottsbluff

Program begins at 6:30 p.m., Mountain. Former state Sen. Jim Smith and District 47 Nebraska state Sen. Steve Erdman will co-host a town hall program at Scottbluff’s Midwest Theater (1707 Broadway, Scottsbluff, NE 69361) to take your questions on two different proposals for overhauling Nebraska’s tax code, the Blueprint Nebraska tax modernization plan, and the EPIC Consumption Tax. Click here to view an event flyer.

December 16, 2020 11:00am CT / 10:00am MT

Platte Institute Webinar: Measuring Prosperity in Nebraska

The United Kingdom-based Legatum Institute produces a holistic index of social and economic well-being among countries and states, including Nebraska. And their work identifying challenges and opportunities in the Cornhusker State has just begun.

Join the Director of the Legatum Institute’s Centre for Metrics, Shaun Flanagan, and Research Assistant Ed Wickstead, as they discuss their in-depth measurements of prosperity and what the data can tell us about potential policy solutions for our state and communities.

Click here to learn more about the Legatum Institute’s United States and Nebraska Prosperity Index.

Event flyer available here.

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October 8, 2020 1:00pm CT / 12:00pm MT

Taxes in Nebraska: What’s Next? – Platte Institute Virtual Legislative Summit, Nebraska’s Next Normal

The Nebraska Legislature has defied expectations, overwhelmingly approving a new property tax rebate program to be implemented over the coming years. Is the Nebraska Legislature done with the property tax issue, or are additional tax reforms still on the table? Revenue Committee Chair Sen. Lou Ann Linehan, Blueprint Nebraska Executive Director Jim Smith, and the Tax Foundation’s Vice President of State Projects Jared Walczak join Jim Vokal to review the Legislature’s latest work and tax policy questions that remain unresolved. Click here for the full event flyer.

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October 8, 2020 10:15am CT / 9:15am MT

Licensing in a Remote Economy: Platte Institute Virtual Legislative Summit, Nebraska’s Next Normal

Current governors who have championed Universal Recognition of job licensing and work experience from outside of their states join Laura Ebke to discuss why licensing reforms that break down barriers across state lines are needed to help workers and states recover from the COVID-19 recession. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf are our invited guests for this program. Click here for the full event flyer.

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October 8, 2020 9:00am CT / 8:00am MT

Regulatory Reform Roundtable – Platte Institute Virtual Legislative Summit, Nebraska’s Next Normal

Nebraska state Sens. John Arch, Suzanne Geist, Steve Halloran, and Anna Wishart join Nicole Fox for a discussion about how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed lawmaker perspectives on regulatory policies. Click here for the full event flyer.

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September 30, 2020 11:00am CT / 10:00am MT

Platte Institute Webinar: Talking Tech in the #neleg

How should Nebraska promote better rural broadband access? Should data privacy be regulated? Are some tech companies too big? How can state legislators craft good state tech policy?

These questions and others are on the minds of state legislators across the country. In this Platte Institute Webinar, we’ll connect you with scholars and tech policy experts who can help answer these important questions in advance of the coming legislative session.

Our guests are Billy Easley, Senior Policy Analyst at Americans for Prosperity, and Will Rinehart, Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Growth and Opportunity at Utah State University.

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August 10, 2020 6:30pm CT / 5:30pm MT

Omaha Metro Virtual Property Tax Town Hall

From Blair to Plattsmouth and everywhere in between, Omaha-area voters and property taxpayers will have the floor in this online forum about Nebraska’s property tax issue.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with more information about how you can share your questions, ideas, and stories in this interactive event.

In addition to having the option to appear in the Virtual Town Hall, all attendees can vote in online polls about property tax issues throughout the program.

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August 3, 2020 6:30pm CT / 5:30pm MT

Southeast Nebraska Virtual Property Tax Town Hall

From Lincoln, to Beatrice, and everywhere in between, voters and property taxpayers will have the floor in this online forum about Nebraska’s property tax issue.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with more information about how you can share your questions, ideas, and stories in this interactive event.

In addition to having the option to appear in the Virtual Town Hall, all attendees can vote in online polls about property tax issues throughout the program.

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July 27, 2020 6:30pm CT / 5:30pm MT

Northeast Nebraska Virtual Property Tax Town Hall

From South Sioux City to Columbus and everywhere in between, voters and property taxpayers will have the floor in this online forum about Nebraska’s property tax issue.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with more information about how you can share your questions, ideas, and stories in this interactive event.

In addition to having the option to appear in the Virtual Town Hall, all attendees can vote in online polls about property tax issues throughout the program.

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July 20, 2020 6:30pm CT / 5:30pm MT

Central Nebraska Virtual Property Tax Town Hall

From the Tri-Cities to Lexington and everywhere in between, voters and property taxpayers will have the floor in this online forum about Nebraska’s property tax issue.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with more information about how you can share your questions, ideas, and stories in this interactive event.

In addition to having the option to appear in the Virtual Town Hall, all attendees can vote in online polls about property tax issues throughout the program.

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July 15, 2020 11:00am CT / 10:00am MT

Platte Institute Webinar: Back in Session with Appropriations Committee Chair Sen. John Stinner

The head of the Nebraska Legislature’s budget-writing committee returns to the Platte Institute Webinar to discuss what the latest data on tax receipts will mean for the conclusion of this year’s legislative session and the state’s policy priorities. Registration required.

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July 13, 2020 7:30pm CT / 6:30pm MT

Western Nebraska Virtual Property Tax Town Hall

From Scottsbluff to North Platte and everywhere in between, voters and property taxpayers will have the floor in this online forum about Nebraska’s property tax issue.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with more information about how you can share your questions, ideas, and stories in this interactive event.

In addition to having the option to appear in the Virtual Town Hall, all attendees can vote in online polls about property tax issues throughout the program.

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July 8, 2020 11:00am CT / 10:00am MT

Platte Institute Webinar: Back in Session with Revenue Committee Chair Sen. Lou Ann Linehan

Sen. Lou Ann Linehan discusses the Nebraska tax policy and revenue landscape as the Legislature returns following an emergency suspension due to COVID-19. Registration required.

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July 1, 2020 11:00am CT / 10:00am MT

Platte Institute Webinar: Back in Session with Speaker Jim Scheer and Executive Board Chair Sen. Mike Hilgers

Two key legislative leaders provide their thoughts on the return of the 2020 Nebraska Legislature for its remaining 17 legislative days. Registration required.

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June 3, 2020 11:00am CT / 10:00am MT

Platte Institute Webinar: Updated Economic Impact of COVID-19 with Economists Ernie Goss and Scott Strain

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May 20, 2020 11:00am CT / 10:00am MT

Platte Institute Webinar: Post-Pandemic Licensing and Regulatory Reform with Ed Timmons, Ph.D., Director, Knee Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation and Matt Mitchell, Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center at George Mason University

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May 13, 2020 11:00am CT / 10:00am MT

Platte Institute Webinar: Impact on Agriculture with Nebraska Farm Bureau Senior Economist Jay Rempe and Tom Sell of Combest, Sell and Associates

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May 6, 2020 11:00am CT / 10:00am MT

Platte Institute Webinar: The CARES ACT & Taxes with Tax Foundation Senior Policy Analyst Katherine Loughead

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April 23, 2020 11:00am CT / 10:00am MT

Platte Institute Webinar: COVID-19 & Nebraska’s Economy with Economists Ernie Goss and Scott Strain

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April 8, 2020 11:00am CT / 10:00am MT

Platte Institute Webinar: Nebraska’s Budget & the COVID-19 Crisis with State Sen. John Stinner

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