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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    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.

    Analysis of proposals to tax agricultural land at lower rate updated with new data

    Posted March 26th, 2015 by Chuck
    Our policy brief that analyzes LB 350 and LB 293 -- proposals to tax agricultural land at a lower rate -- has been updated with data from the Nebraska Department of Education final 2015-2016 state aid certification.

    School Finance Review Commission among tax-related priority bills

    Posted March 18th, 2015 by Chuck
    Read about which prioritized bills OpenSky will focus on throughout the remainder of the 2015 Legislative Session.

    Income tax cut bill, measure to tax agricultural land at lower rate do not advance

    Posted March 11th, 2015 by Chuck
    Measures to cut income taxes and tax agricultural land at a lower rate -- which both threatened school funding and meaningful property tax reform efforts -- failed to advance from the Revenue Committee Wednesday morning.