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We are pleased to announce that Kay Stilwell Bergquist is joining the OpenSky Policy Institute as our new education policy analyst. Kay will start at OpenSky on June 3.
Download the PowerPoint presentation we used on our tour around the state this week.
U.S. Sens. Mike Johanns and Deb Fischer were among a strong bi-partisan Senate contingent that voted on Monday to pass the Marketplace Fairness Act – which gives states the ability to collect online sales taxes.
Nebraska loses an estimated $98 million every year to untaxed online and catalog sales. While Nebraskans are legally required to remit use tax through their… (read more)
A decade-long decline in state spending will come to an end if the Legislature’s Appropriations Committee budget is adopted. The committee’s recommendations call for a 5.2 percent average annual increase in General Fund appropriations this biennium, but it’s important to note that appropriations only grew at a 1.1 percent average over the previous four years. As such, the budget would be a small first step toward restoration of support in key budget areas such as education, transportation and infrastructure, and health and human services.