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.
Omaha, NE – More than 50 neighborhood events are planned Monday in Omaha for National Night Out.
National Night Out began in 1984. Last year, more than 11,000 communities in all 50 states hosted Night Out events. This is Omaha's 20th year hosting the neighborhood celebrations. The goal is for neighbors to get to know each other and watch for incidents in their neighborhoods.
Omaha, NE – Fremont's new law banning hiring or renting to illegal immigrants remains on hold as two lawsuits are heard in court.
The Fremont City Council voted Tuesday to suspend implementation of the law while lawsuits are pending. This weekend, a concert in Omaha's Benson neighborhood seeks to raise money to fight Fremont's law.