The inaugural season of Omaha Performing Arts Jazz on the Green at Midtown Crossing concludes Thursday with a special night of music at its new location, Turner Park at Midtown Crossing, 31st and Dodge Streets. The Jazz on the Green finale will be a fitting tribute to the late Luigi Waites and his impact on the local jazz scene.
Omaha, NE – A new study shows 89 percent of voters think some college education is important to future success.
The study for bi-partisan group Achieve focuses on core standards, assessment and preparedness for college. That group focuses on education reform. Released Tuesday, Achieve's report also shows 83 percent of voters believe high school students should have a rigorous curriculum that prepares them for college.
Omaha, NE – Omaha's tentative contract with the Police Officers Association drew both praise and sharp criticism at Tuesday's city council meeting.
A public hearing on the tentative agreement lasted more than two hours. City council members could vote on the contract next week. It changes the way base pay is calculated for new and future officers.
Omaha, NE – A public hearing on Omaha's 2011 budget is tomorrow evening.
Mayor Suttle's 2011 budget proposal has a $34 million dollar deficit. To fill the budget gap, Suttle wants a nine-percent increase in the property tax, a $23 dollar wheel tax increase, and a four-percent restaurant tax. Those proposals were questioned during four recent public forums on the budget.
Washington, D.C. – U.S. House lawmakers from Nebraska and Iowa are returning to Washington next week in the middle of their summer recess to deal with the economy. Democratic leaders want them to ratify Senate action on preventing teacher layoffs and beefing up state budgets.
Omaha, NE – Sarpy County officials say more than $11 million in upgrades are needed to the 911 system there.
Voters who live outside the city limits of Bellevue, Papillion, LaVista, and Gretna, and Springfield voters, will vote on a one-point-five percent sales tax in November. That sales tax, if approved, would generate up to three million dollars a year to upgrade the 911 system.
Omaha, NE – The Speaker of the Nebraska Legislature says communities probably won't get sales tax increase proposals approved during the coming session.
Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle says a proposed four percent restaurant tax, if approved, would end if the Unicameral allows the city to put a sales tax increase before voters. Omaha's sales tax is currently seven percent: five-and-a-half percent state, and one-point-five percent local.