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.
Policy brief: The gas tax and inflation

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.
Policy brief: Legislature has reduced taxes significantly in past decade

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.
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    Save the date for OpenSky’s Fall Policy Symposium on November 4th!

    Posted October 1st, 2015 by Chuck
    We’re excited to announce that we will host a Fall Policy Symposium on Wednesday, November 4th in Lincoln and we’d love to have you join us!

    OpenSky Column – Keeping budget growth low not the solution some claim it is

    Posted September 18th, 2015 by Chuck
    Some suggest that if budget growth can be kept near the unusually low levels achieved in the current state budget, there will be plenty of revenue to lower taxes. However, it was our state’s high reliance on property taxes to fund K-12 schools that played a key role in the budget’s low growth rate of 3.5 percent. Furthermore, if budget growth is to remain at current levels, it’s highly probable that property taxes will need to increase even further to avoid cuts to our schools.

    OpenSky welcomes new fellow Micaela LaRose

    Posted September 3rd, 2015 by Chuck
    Read more about our new fellow, Micaela LaRose.

    Hearing Thursday on Nebraska’s business subsidy programs

    Posted August 26th, 2015 by Chuck
    Department of Revenue officials will present at a joint hearing of the Legislature’s Appropriations and Revenue committees Thursday to give a report on the state’s business subsidy programs.