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Want An Exemption From ObamaCare?

September 26, 2013

President Obama’s signature piece of legislation, the Affordable Care act, has proven to be anything but. As costs rise and problems associated with the law come to the forefront, more and more of the well-connected and elites have taken measures to excuse themselves from the burdens. Obama claimed, “If you like your plan, you can [...]

Watch Out NE Ind. Market, You’re In For a Doozy

September 25, 2013

What you are about to read may cause fainting, sudden angry outbursts, and shock only treatable with the repeal of ObamaCare.  Please sit down. Avik Roy and colleagues at the Manhattan Institute have released their findings on the individual health insurance markets in states that data is available for.  The authors compare the five cheapest [...]

The Benefits of Local Ed. Standards

September 06, 2013

We have been spending a lot of time on education and, specifically, Common Core at AFP-NE.  The Lincoln Journal Star published an article today discussing our state’s math standards compared to the standards in Common Core. While Common Core covers some concepts early, the Nebraska standards go more in-depth into concepts. What’s the take away?  [...]

Public Input Solicited for Tax-Reform Proposals

September 03, 2013

As the 104th Session of the Nebraska Legislature inches closer, senators serving on the Tax Modernization Committee are asking for public input to round out their proposals. As reported in the AP, and published in the Norfolk Daily News, the TMC “has drafted several proposals to change the state’s income, property, and sales and use [...]

Tax Mod. Comm. Moving to the Next Step

August 08, 2013

At this point the Nebraska State Legislature’s Tax Modernization Committee has heard from individuals who are well-versed in taxes: sales, income, and property.  Now it is time for the fun part; making recommendations. In order to give a recommendation, the committee must determine the goal, which Hammel and Stoddard of the OWH summarized well: tax [...]