Omaha, NE – Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle says the city is financially stable and positioned for growth, but that could be jeopardized if he's recalled.
Suttle gave what could be his final State of the City address Friday morning. He faces a recall election next Tuesday. During his speech, Suttle highlighted his efforts to make Omaha financially stable, including raising taxes and negotiating new union contracts. He says that financial stability is in jeopardy if leadership changes.
Omaha, NE – Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle is only a few days away from learning whether or not he'll be recalled.
Next Tuesday's recall election was the subject of this month's Noon Forum at the Omaha Press Club. If Suttle is recalled, he'll be only the second Mayor in Omaha's history to be removed from office since the recall rules were added to the city charter.
Omaha, NE – Omaha finished the 2010 fiscal year with a $3.3 million surplus, according to City officials.
Mayor Jim Suttle and City Finance Director Pam Spaccarotella announced Thursday that a combination of hiring freezes, lower health care costs and attrition resulted in a surplus. Spaccarotella says 218 positions, mostly in the Police and Fire Departments, were left unfilled. Health care costs decreased, and the Omaha Fire Department budget finished in the black.
Washington, D.C. – With the help of Nebraska and Iowa Republicans, the House approved a repeal of the new health care law on Wednesday. But since it's expected to die in the Senate, repeal supporters may have to settle for small changes in the bill.
"This is not the end of the repeal of Obamacare, but it is the beginning of the repeal of Obamacare," said Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa).
Omaha, NE – State Senator Pete Pirsch is backing legislation that would allow Nebraska voters to recall elected state officials.
Pirsch introduced the legislation Wednesday. If it passes, voters could recall state Senators and Constitutional Officers. Senator Pirsch says the goal of his legislation is to bring parity to a system that right now only allows for the recall of local officials.
Omaha, NE – Governor Dave Heineman says the Talent and Innovation Initiative will grow the private sector and Nebraska's economy.
Heineman detailed the four-part initiative during a news conference Tuesday. It's a $16.5 million package of economic development tax credits and incentives. One of those initiatives is the Nebraska Internship Program. Governor Heineman says that program could create 500 to 750 new internships each year for Nebraska students.