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With Nebraska facing a $1.2 billion shortfall through FY 21, figuring out how to close it will be one of biggest challenges for the Legislature. In order to prepare for the budget debate ahead, OpenSky has prepared three policy briefs to help inform the discussion.
LB 337 Figure 1 Policy brief — LB 337 not aimed at middle class, small business

Under LB 337, a Nebraskan in the top 1 percent of incomes would would receive an average tax cut of about $5,810 a year; a middle-income earner would receive about $39 annually on average; and the lowest-earning taxpayer would, on average, receive no tax cut.
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    Policy brief – LB 373 provides a closer look at past tax reductions

    Posted March 22nd, 2017 by Chuck
    LB 373 provides an opportunity to examine revenue reductions passed by prior Legislatures in the same way lawmakers review appropriations through the biennial budget process.

    Rules ‘truce’ allows flow to return to the Unicameral debate

    Posted March 15th, 2017 by Chuck
    In a column that appeared in Friday’s Lincoln Journal Star, former lawmakers Galen Hadley, John Harms and Kathy Campbell encouraged current senators to hold on to the spirit of debate that has permeated the Unicameral in recent weeks.

    Policy brief – OpenSky overview of 2017 priority bills

    Posted March 14th, 2017 by Chuck
    Read an overview of priority bills that relate to OpenSky's work and about the positions we have taken on the measures.

    Upjohn Institute: Business incentives cost states millions, don’t do enough to foster job and wage growth

    Posted March 8th, 2017 by Chuck
    New database shows how states compare; Nebraska incentives 79 percent greater than average state.