Platte Institute Publications

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

The Tiff Over TIF in Nebraska

October 22, 2014

Tax Increment Financing, or TIF, can be a legitimate tool for dire community development needs. But policymakers need to be cautious of the practice creating conflicts of interest or being used to pick winners and losers in business.

Bargaining for a Better Deal for Taxpayers

October 15, 2014

What is the Commission of Industrial Relations? How does it impact your say in the cost of public services to taxpayers?

Wage Hike Means More Pain, Less Gain for Small Businesses and Workers

October 09, 2014

A whole host of small businesses with four employees or more will be negatively impacted by the proposed 24% increase in Nebraska's minimum wage.

Raising the Minimum Wage: Hurting Those Who Need Help the Most

October 07, 2014

On November 4th, Nebraska's voters will have an opportunity to decide whether to increase the state's minimum wage rate. But the increase as proposed will have detrimental, unintended consequences for the vulnerable citizens it aims to help.

State and Local Taxes Are Only Half the Problem

October 02, 2014

Tax reform in Nebraska doesn't just set a good precedent for Nebraska. It also sets a good example for Uncle Sam.

Building Strong Roots for Nebraska

September 22, 2014

To meet the challenge of out-migration and grow Nebraska's economy years into the future, policymakers need a plan to retain and attract residents and businesses in Nebraska.

Medicaid Reform Should Be a Priority for Nebraska

September 17, 2014

Medicaid Expansion was debated for two years in the legislature to no result. But there are other Medicaid reform options that can help Nebraskans in need.

Land for Education: Funding Schools the Old-Fashioned Way

September 11, 2014

An historical school funding practice that pre-dates Nebraska Statehood, and even the U.S. Constitution, still exists today and helps relieve taxpayers in funding education in Nebraska.

Property Tax Hikes Hurt Home Values and Drive Up Rental Costs

September 05, 2014

In this week’s Platte Chat, we discuss how property tax increases depress property values, lead to higher rental costs, and cause damaging distortions in the housing market. 

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