Government Spending

“The Six Rs” of Fiscal Responsibility

October 23, 2019 | by Sarah Curry

Policymakers and the public need to start with a set of guiding principles if they have any hope of moving budgets, at both the state and local levels, away from special interests and toward the public interest. 

Despite State Credits, Local Property Taxes Will Continue to Rise

October 16, 2019 | by Adam Weinberg

So far, the state has been unable to curb property tax increases, despite now spending $275 million a year to subsidize the local taxes.

News Release: Oct. 4, Platte Institute Legislative Summit

September 20, 2019

The Platte Institute will host its 2019 Legislative Summit on Friday, October 4 at the Embassy Suites in Lincoln.

News Release: August 20 Property Tax Town Hall in Norfolk

August 13, 2019

The Platte Institute will visit Norfolk on Tuesday, August 20 to host a town hall program on property tax reform featuring Nebraska state senators.

5 Notable Statements from North Platte’s Property Tax Reform Town Hall

July 30, 2019 | by Adam Weinberg

Leading Nebraska state senators gave tax hall attendees some hints of the 2020 property tax debate.

Video: North Platte Property Tax Reform Town Hall

July 25, 2019

On July 25, Nebraska State Sens. Mike Groene, Lou Ann Linehan, and John Lowe participated in a town hall event on Property Tax Reform in North Platte.

Up in Smoke: Nebraska’s Inappropriate Use of Tobacco Settlement Funds

July 19, 2019 | by Michael McClellan

A fund intended to offset the public health costs of smoking is paying mostly for other concerns. 

Ballot Initiative Could Create Urgency for Reform

July 08, 2019 | by Michael McClellan

No matter the outcome, the potential property tax ballot initiative could apply pressure on the Nebraska Legislature.

Facebook Friday: Debating a Property Tax Ballot Initiative

June 21, 2019

Adam and Sarah debate the pros and cons of taking property tax reform to the voting booth. 

Facebook Friday: Lesser-Known Legislative Milestones

June 14, 2019

Adam and Sarah discuss legislative changes that Nebraskans may have missed, and Michael presents an idea for keeping an eye on local government spending.

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