Platte Institute Publications

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

State and Local Spending Versus Economic Growth

July 23, 2014

Despite the relative restraint exercised by lawmakers during the budget process, state government in Nebraska has grown by about 20 percent in the last fourteen years. How do we set a course for truly growing Nebraska and not just growing government?

Education Policy Brief: School Choice 101

July 21, 2014

What is School Choice and why does Nebraska need it?

Nebraska’s Destructive Inheritance Tax

July 17, 2014

Nebraska has the dubious honor of being named by Forbes as a place “not to die." This warning has not gone unheeded by Nebraska retirees, with adults ages 55 and older moving out of the state more rapidly than any group other than young college graduates.

Minimum Wage Hike Would Hurt Business and Labor

July 10, 2014

Nebraska is currently a leader in opportunity for young people, boasting one of the country's lowest rates of youth unemployment. But by following in the footsteps of states like California and Washington and instituting one of the country's highest minumum wages, many youth from a generation already hard-hit by the recession could be deprived of chances to learn, grow, and become independent.

Making Pensions Work for Public Servants and for Taxpayers

July 02, 2014

In this week's Platte Chat, Research Director Dick Clark provides a look into the key findings of the Platte Institute's newest policy study on the Omaha public pension system and options for reforming the program to secure public worker retirement, protect taxpayers and public services, and strengthen the city's outlook for the future.

Kansas's New Scholarship Tax Credits Worth a Look

June 25, 2014

Our neighborhing state of Kansas has joined the vast majority of states in implementing a form of statewide legislation to provide school choice to some of its most at-risk youth. On the heels of our 2014 Education Summit, we discuss these new targeted tax-credit scholarships, the lack of school choice opportunities in Nebraska, and the opportunities they make available to vulnerable student populations.

Finding a New Vision for Nebraska Education

June 18, 2014

What do you think needs to be done to improve education in Nebraska? The legislature's education committee wants your feedback.

Kansas Comparison Doesn’t Tell Whole Story on Tax Cuts

June 10, 2014

Did you catch Jim Vokal's piece on taxes in the Lincoln Journal-Star? We've republished his article in this week's Platte Chat, where he takes critics of tax reform to task for using the example of tax cuts in Kansas as a failure while conveniently leaving out the causes of our neighboring state's difficulties.

Truthful Numbers Key to Holding Nebraska Government Accountable

June 05, 2014

How does Nebraska rate along side other states in the transparency of its public pension accounting? This week we present a guest chat in partnership with the Institute for Truth in Accounting to show just how much daylight is shining on Nebraska's books. 

Graduates plan ahead in Grand Island

May 28, 2014

As summer approaches, more than 20,000 Nebraska high school seniors are receiving their diplomas. For these young people and their parents, that comes with all the worries of making good decisions—financial and otherwise—as they prepare to strike out on their own. Nationwide, about two-thirds of high school graduates will be attending a four-year college this fall. For some of these students, a better path might be to pursue technical or vocational training that would qualify them for specific skilled work.

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