MEDIA ADVISORY: August 17 Tax Reform Summit in Lincoln

MEDIA ADVISORY: August 17 Tax Reform Summit in Lincoln

WHAT: The Platte Institute’s 2016 Tax Reform Summit. Each year, the Platte Institute hosts a summer issue summit that brings together lawmakers, researchers and community leaders to discuss opportunities to remove barriers to economic opportunity through reforms to specific state policies. Program topics include:

  • The Case for Tax Reform in Nebraska
  • Nebraska’s Options for Tax Reform
  • Lessons from Other States
  • and discussion with legislators and researchers about passing tax reform in the Nebraska Legislature.

The complete program agenda may be viewed here.

WHO: The Platte Institute for Economic Research, the Tax Foundation, keynote speaker and How Money Walks author Travis H. Brown, and the following speakers and panelists:

  • Scott Drenkard & Jared Walczak, Tax Foundation
  • State Senator Curt Friesen (District 34)
  • State Senator Burke Harr (District 8)
  • State Senator Dan Hughes (District 44)
  • State Senator Jim Scheer (District 19)
  • State Senator Jim Smith (District 14)

WHEN: Wednesday, August 17, 2016, 7:45 a.m. – 12:30pm.

WHERE: Cornhusker Marriott Lincoln, 333 South 13th Street, Lincoln, NE 68508

WHY: With likely a dozen or more new legislators headed to Lincoln in 2017, the next legislative session provides a much-needed chance to make improvements to Nebraska’s tax system, which is creating a drag on Nebraska’s growth. While Nebraska ranks favorably in many economic categories, the state’s business tax climate ranking by the Tax Foundation and others ranks Nebraska in the bottom half of the country, and Nebraska lagged behind the national average in job and population growth in the past decade. Keynote speaker Travis H. Brown will discuss Nebraska’s loss of more than $3 billion in annual adjusted gross income since 1992, most of which has relocated to lower-tax states including Texas, Florida, Arizona, and Colorado.

DETAILS: General registration for the 2016 Tax Reform Summit is $20 and includes a lunch buffet. Complimentary event registration is available for elected officials, legislative staff, and members of the media. The complete agenda with program times is available on the online registration page at For more information, please contact Adam Weinberg at (402) 452-3737 or at

About Travis H. Brown:

Travis H. Brown is the author of How Money Walks and the co-author of the New York Times and USA Today bestseller An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of States (with Art Laffer, Steve Moore, and Rex Sinquefield). Brown is an entrepreneur with a passion for helping cities and states grow via smart tax policies. He’s a frequent contributor to Fox and Friends as well as, and has appeared on various radio and television broadcasts such as Fox Business Network, CNBC, Opening Bell with Maria Bartiromo, NPR’s All Things Considered, Bloomberg News, and CSPAN.  Publications including US News and World Report, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Fiscal Times, and the Dallas Morning News have cited Brown’s work when reporting on taxes and the economy.

The Platte Institute for Economic Research advances policies that remove barriers to growth and opportunity in Nebraska. To learn more about our research, view our recent articles, or subscribe to our weekly #PlatteChat column.

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