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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.

Legislature Can Help Prevent Local Financial Strain

June 14, 2019 | by Michael McClellan

Nebraska’s state agencies must work to aid local communities in spotting early warning signs of financial distress.

Local Officials Should Prioritize Essential Services

June 07, 2019 | by Michael McClellan

Funding non-essential services can prevent local governments from setting the right tax and spending priorities.

2019 Nebraska Legislative Accomplishments

May 31, 2019 | by Adam Weinberg

While the filibuster loomed large in 2019, some important legislation for economic opportunity did win strong, and sometimes unanimous, support. 

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