Policy brief: Legislature has reduced taxes significantly in past decade

As the Legislature starts to discuss tax policy measures during full-day debates, it’s good to remember that lawmakers have enacted several significant tax reductions over the last decade. The reductions have been for all kinds of taxes but most major tax-cut legislation since 2005 has focused on income taxes.
Urban-rural fig 1 Policy brief: Rural Nebraskans pay more in combined property/income taxes

A look at the data debunks a common misconception regarding Nebraska’s farmers and ranchers and what they pay in taxes.
Open-Sky-Report How Nebraska funds K-12 education

OpenSky's "Investing in Our Future: An Overview of Nebraska’s Education Funding System" helps break down the complex issue of K-12 funding in Nebraska in order to promote a dialogue on the vital issue of how we pay for our public schools.
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    Lincoln Journal Star recognizes OpenSky’s board president

    Posted April 15th, 2015 by Chuck
    The Lincoln Journal Star has included OpenSky Board President Dick Campbell on a list of 20 of the most influential men in Lincoln!

    Policy brief: The gas tax and inflation

    Posted April 10th, 2015 by Chuck
    Building and maintaining a strong transportation network is critical to sustained economic growth and vitality in our state. However, the value of the gas tax has not kept up with the rising costs of construction necessary to make these important investments in our roads and bridges.

    OpenSky to host budget briefings in Lincoln and Omaha

    Posted April 2nd, 2015 by Chuck
    We are pleased to announce that we will host budget briefings in Lincoln and Omaha. The briefings will feature a presentations by OpenSky and a budget discussion with Sen. Heath Mello, chairman of the Legislature’s Appropriations Committee.

    Gas tax and transportation funding in Nebraska

    Posted March 31st, 2015 by Chuck
    Tuesday afternoon the Legislature is scheduled to debate LB 610. The bill would increase Nebraska’s gas tax – the largest source of state revenue for transportation funding – by 6 cents, phased in by increasing 1.5 cents each year for four years.