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Posted December 9th, 2014 by ChuckThe following is a statement from OpenSky Policy Institute Executive Director Renee Fry regarding the tax reports issued today by the Legislature’s Revenue committee: “We were glad the reports focused on agricultural land valuation as our research shows that Nebraskans in highly agricultural counties pay more in combined property and income taxes than those in more urban areas. “We also… (read more)
Posted November 3rd, 2014 by OpenSky PolicyNebraska lawmakers will be looking at a projected revenue shortfall of $62.6 million when they convene in January and start working on a new, two year state budget. The Nebraska Economic Forecasting Advisory Board set that figure last Friday, which increased the state’s cash reserve – or rainy day fund — to about $770 million, which is right at the… (read more)
Posted October 29th, 2014 by OpenSky PolicyThe next Nebraska Economic Forecasting Advisory Board meeting is Friday and the board’s action will likely cause a reaction in the State Capitol. Oftentimes, the board’s actions are followed by calls for tax cuts or increased spending. Regardless of what the board decides, there are factors other than the projections to consider when making state fiscal policy decisions. Importance of the cash… (read more)
Posted September 24th, 2014 by OpenSky PolicyWe’re excited to get out on the road next month to share our new report on K-12 funding:“Investing in Our Future: An Overview of Nebraska’s Education Funding System.” with organizations in Lexington and Scottsbluff: Wednesday, Oct. 15 – Lexington Rotary Club. Noon. Grand Generation Center, 407 E 6th St., Lexington. Open to the public. Thursday, Oct. 16, – Scottsbluff/Gering Chamber of Commerce. 7:30 a.m. Bluffs Business Center, 1517… (read more)