Platte Institute Publications

Listed below are all Platte Institute publications.  To the left, you can browse these publications by publication type or policy area.

Coming Up Short in the Rankings: Why Nebraska Should Care

April 22, 2014

A nationally-recognized economic ranking shows Nebraska's long-term outlook is endangered by a tax system that is far less attractive for economic growth than its immediate neighbors. 

Limiting Government Growth is the Key to Prosperity

April 16, 2014

Nobody wants to claim they support wasteful government spending, and everybody supports public spending for something. But where is the line drawn before government spending becomes harmful to the economy? Research and recent history shows there may be a practical way to strike the balance and expand prosperity.

Unfunded Mandates and Tax Reform

April 09, 2014

Everyone knows Nebraskans pay some of the highest property taxes in the country, but a never-ending blame game between local and state government can make it hard to identify the cause for this inflated price tag. This week, we begin a conversation about unfunded mandates from Lincoln and the impact they have on the bottom line in your community and on your tax bill.

Legislative Update: Achievements and Room for Improvement on Taxes and Spending

April 01, 2014

As the Nebraska Legislative session winds down, Research Director Dick Clark reviews where the Unicameral has done well, and where work remains to be done.

Hiking Local Sales Tax Not the Right Path for Lincoln

March 26, 2014

Even residents of the "Happiest City in America" could be wearing a frown if they face a local sales tax hike. Lincoln's elected officials may claim supporting more taxes will bring relief or better services, but what does history show, and what does it mean for other Nebraska municipalities?


The WIN Act is a Loser for Nebraska

March 19, 2014

The topic of Medicaid expansion is before the Nebraska Unicameral for its first round of debate in the 2014 legislative session. Learn more about Platte Institute's research and the impact of Medicaid expansion in other states.

The Meaning of the 2014 Farm Bill

March 14, 2014

President Barack Obama signed the Agricultural Act of 2014 into law on February 7, 2014. The legislation becomes law later than anticipated given the usual timing for farm bills, which typically work their way through the Congress every five years. The last major farm bill was passed in May 2008, and key provisions of that bill were at the center of discussions of the federal “fiscal cliff” in late 2012. About eighty percent of the dollars in the massive bill are earmarked for nutritional assistance programming, with the balance going to various types of agriculture spending.

Platte Institute Introduces New Radio PSA Series on Medicaid Expansion & Taxes

March 09, 2014

Nebraskans need real facts on the economic issues of the day that helps cut through the political noise. In this Public Service Announcement series, the Platte Institute shows how iMedicaid Expansion and Nebraska's tax system impact average Nebraskans.

Refocusing on Juvenile Justice Reform

March 07, 2014

Proposed state legislative changes would prioritize community-based services and alternatives to detention for juveniles who are adjudicated delinquent. These proposals represent a serious effort to implement evidence-based juvenile justice practices that will both save Nebraska taxpayer dollars and more effectively address juvenile offenses and the factors that cause them. Nebraska taxpayers deserve a justice system that enhances public safety and reduces crime instead of merely reacting to it. Juvenile justice reform is an essential part of attaining those goals.

Interview with Economist Scott Drenkard of the Tax Foundation

March 05, 2014

With tax reform at the forefront of legislative discussions, Tax Foundation economist Scott Drenkard discusses LB1097, and the benefits of tax reform in Nebraska.

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