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Nebraska is No. 4 in the 2014 “State Competitiveness Index” compiled by Suffolk University’s Beacon Hill Institute in Boston. The report measures the long-term competitiveness of all 50 states, taking into account 46 indicators in eight sub-indexes. Nebraska trailed only Massachusetts (No. 1), North Dakota (2) and New Hampshire (3) in this year’s index.
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State senators ask frequently if the tax incentives approved in recent years are measuring up.
While the Department of Revenue has reported on how many projects were approved each year, through such programs as the Nebraska Advantage Act, and how much companies received in tax refunds, lawmakers wanted more information.
And each year, someone seemed to be proposing yet another incentive.… (read more)
Seeking Part Time Administrative Assistant
Organization Overview: The OpenSky Policy Institute is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that conducts research and analysis aimed at informing discussion in Nebraska about the impact and effectiveness of state fiscal policies.
Job Overview: The work of the Administrative Assistant involves the following:
- Maintains office services by organizing and managing office operations and procedures; is… (read more)
The state of Nebraska’s Net General Fund receipts for fiscal year 2013-2014 were $4.117 billion — which is 2.4% above the certified forecast of $4.021 billion. That means an extra $97 million for the cash reserve — also known as the “rainy day fund.”
– Revenues came in 2.4 percent higher than the original forecast, but that forecast was conservative,… (read more)