Douglas County Commissioners say taxpayers could be forced to pay more if the state of Nebraska does away with its inheritance tax.
During his State of the State address, Governor Dave Heineman told lawmakers he wants the inheritance tax to end. The inheritance tax is based upon the fair market value of a property at the time of a person’s death. The amount of tax paid varies depending on the relationship between the deceased and the person who inherits the property.
The Nebraska Humanities Council recently added 14 new programs to its Speakers’ Bureau.
Programs are available to any Nebraska nonprofit organization for a small processing fee. Mary Yager, Associate Director for the NHC, says there are about 300 programs in rotation at the Speakers’ Bureau at any given time. She says the NHC puts out a call for speakers every three to four years.
Yager says they recently expanded their programs to include subjects they haven’t had recently. New programs center on Annie Oakley, the railroad and spoken word artists.
Senator Jeremy Nordquist of Omaha recently introduced LB 835 into the legislature.
The bill would create a state-based Nebraska health insurance marketplace. Senator Nordquist says under the Affordable Care Act, each state is required to establish a healthcare exchange or the federal government will create one for them.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has several levee repair projects underway following last summer’s Missouri River flooding.
The Corps updated the construction work during a conference call last Friday. One project is in Council Bluffs. Kim Thomas of the Omaha District’s Emergency Management Division says repairs are underway at the 28thStreet and Veterans Memorial Bridge locations. The existing pump stations have been demolished, and construction is scheduled to be complete on March first.
Jobs, immigration, and foreign policy were among the topics in the first debate of the Second Congressional District race.
Democratic candidates John Ewing and Gwen Howard debated Friday night at the Douglas County Democratic Party’s annual Truman Dinner. Ewing is Douglas County Treasurer. Howard is serving her second term as State Senator.
A UNO political scientist says it’s concerning that caucus results from eight Iowa precincts are missing.
Iowa Republican Party officials released the official caucus results Thursday. They show former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum actually won the caucus, by 34 votes, over former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. But GOP officials say they won’t declare a winner because of the missing votes.
Des Moines, IA – The Des Moines Register is reporting that a new count of the Iowa caucus results shows former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum coming out on top. But questions remain about the results.
The certified count gives Santorum 29,839 votes, with 29,805 former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.
That puts Santorum 34 votes ahead. Romney was declared the winner by eight votes in the early-morning hours following caucus night.
Omaha, NE – The Omaha Public Schools board is opposing two measures that would cut the size of school boards.
Senator Scott Lautenbaugh's bill had its first hearing in a Unicameral committee meeting Wednesday. In addition to cutting the board to five members from its current 12, the legislation would also pay board members $20,000 and limit them to two four-year terms.