Dylan Grundman is a senior policy analyst at the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy. Prior to joining ITEP, he worked as a Fiscal Policy Analyst at OpenSky Policy Institute, which provides [...]
An effort to crack open the U.S. Constitution and install new restraints on the federal government will return to the Nebraska Legislature next year. State Sen. Laura Ebke of Crete says she'll [...]
Omaha World-Herald on Dec. 25: Changes in income, sales and property taxes are all possible as new legislative session looms in Nebraska
There’s no question about Gov. Pete Ricketts’ and Nebraska lawmakers’ desire to provide relief for Nebraska taxpayers next year. But there’s plenty of uncertainty about what might happen in a year with [...]
Our symposium will feature a panel discussion with lawmakers who helped guide the Legislature through budget shortfalls that occurred because of the recession of the early 2000s and the Great Recession.
The need to address Nebraska’s budget shortfall responsibly and urban and rural struggles with Nebraska’s school funding formula were the focus of two recent columns by OpenSky Executive Director Renee Fry.
It’s troubling that some want to address Nebraska’s budget shortfall strictly through budget cuts. Or that some suggest that a Taxpayer Bill of Rights would prevent future budget shortfalls, when in reality [...]
The Edwardsville Intelligencer on Dec. 11: Farm groups look to broaden appeal for property tax reforms
A leading Nebraska farm group that has long pushed lawmakers to lower property taxes on rural land has broadened its pitch to benefit home and business owners, but some senators are more [...]
Omaha World-Herald on Dec. 10: Lawmakers weigh report’s recommendations on business tax incentive program
The state’s main business tax incentive program should have standards to help measure its effectiveness, lawmakers were told Friday. The Nebraska Legislature also should consider simplifying the Nebraska Advantage Act, evaluating its [...]
Hiawatha World on Dec. 9: OpenSky numbers differ with Nebraska Farm Bureau’s regarding sales tax revenues
Although OpenSky policy analysts agree with Nebraska Farm Bureau (NFB) president’s call for tax reform and a reduction in property taxes, they differ with NFB’s statistics regarding sales tax revenues in the [...]
Renee Fry, Executive Director, OpenSky Policy Institute: In early November, we presented at a tax symposium in York with Mike Lucas, superintendent of York Public Schools. Not surprisingly, there was considerable frustration [...]