Omaha, NE – A new report says Nebraska has the smallest percent in the nation of teens not attending school and not working, and kids living in families where no parent has a full-time job year-round.
The Kids Count report was released Tuesday. It shows 16 percent of 16 to 19 year-olds aren't in school and aren't working. 19 percent of Nebraska children live in families where no parent has a full-time job year-round.
Omaha, NE – Mayor Jim Suttle's property, wheel and restaurant tax proposals came under scrutiny during Omaha's first community budget forum.
About 250 people attended the first of four forums on the 2011 budget. The budget has a $34 million deficit, more than $21 million of which is in the general fund. After presentations of city departments' budgets, Suttle took questions from the crowd about the wheel tax, police contract, and the city's budget difficulties.
Omaha, NE – Nebraska Democrats have a candidate for Governor.
Scottsbluff lawyer Mike Meister announced earlier this week he plans to seek the Democratic nomination for Governor. His announcement comes after former candidate Mark Lakers dropped out of the race. Lakers' campaign is under investigation following the discovery of irregularities in campaign finance reports.
Omaha, NE – Omaha's 2011 budget projects a deficit of $21.6 million in the city's general fund and $34 million overall.
Mayor Jim Suttle presented the budget plan Tuesday afternoon to the City Council. Suttle wants to raise property taxes 9.3%, raise wheel taxes by $23 on passenger and commercial vehicles, and implement a 4% restaurant tax to fix the budget shortfall.