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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 [...]

Tax Modernization Committee Schedules Public Hearings

July 30, 2013

As you may remember, the governor presented a tax reform bill last legislative session.  While we did not support the fact that it continued the growth of the state government’s budget, we did support the elimination of the state income tax.  The bill was ultimately pulled, it found new life through a study of the [...]

Tax Modernization Committee Starts Study

July 11, 2013

Yesterday the Nebraska Legislature’s Tax Modernization Committee began its work of looking over our current system of taxation and forming recommendations for the state. Also in the news, our Nebraska’s cash reserve has hit an all-time high. This seems like a simple equation… Tax Study + All Time High Cash Reserve = Tax Relief for [...]

Why Raising the Minimum Wage Doesn’t Work

July 01, 2013

Poll after poll shows that most Americans agree: the current federal minimum wage is not enough to live on. It’s hard to imagine a single parent trying to raise a child on just $15,000 a year. However, a closer look at the type of person that earns a minimum wage surprisingly suggests that almost no one depends solely [...]

Op-Ed: Douglas County Budget Disappoints

June 24, 2013

Great op-ed published today in the Omaha World-Herald by long-time friend and former ED of the Platte Institute, John S. McCollister discussing the need for Douglas County to cut spending and oppose a property tax increase. To take action to stop a property tax increase, click here. The author, of Omaha, is a former member of the [...]