1:12 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Iowa Gov. gives Condition of the State address

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad is unveiling a budget proposal that includes plans to substantially cut Iowa's commercial property taxes.

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10:46 am
Tue January 15, 2013

State of the State: Gov. Heineman wants changes to Nebraska tax system

Governor Dave Heineman wants to eliminate Nebraska’s individual and corporate income taxes.

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2:26 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Bill would cut OPS board to nine members

A State Senator from Omaha has once again introduced a bill to reduce the size of the Omaha Public Schools board.

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9:17 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Nebraska state budget outlook improves

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers should have an easier time balancing the budget next year, thanks to growing revenue and shrinking expenses.

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8:16 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Pay raise for lawmakers could be revisited in 2013

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers are planning to revisit a proposed legislative salary increase that was overwhelmingly rejected by voters.

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3:31 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Child advocates, Nebraska lawmakers discuss state services for youths

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Child advocates are asking Nebraska lawmakers to extend state services to youths who are pushed out of foster care because of age limits.

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8:28 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Nebraska lawmakers set hearing on foster care services

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers have scheduled a hearing on children who "age out" of the state's foster care system.

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12:57 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

Omaha Mayor says sales tax increase won't be on the November ballot

A half-cent increase in Omaha’s sales tax could generate $45 million for the city.

Nebraska lawmakers last week overrode Governor Dave Heineman’s veto of legislation allowing cities to raise their sales tax rate. Doing so would require supermajority approval from both the city council and voters.

Omaha’s current sales tax rate is 7 percent, with 1.5 percent of it local. Mayor Jim Suttle says there are no plans to put the sales tax initiative on the November general election ballot.

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Politics & Elections
1:08 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Nebraska lawmakers debating smaller tax cut plan


An amended version of Governor Dave Heineman’s tax cut plan is awaiting second-round debate in the Unicameral.

The tax cut plan passed the first round of debate earlier this week. Governor Dave Heineman originally called for $327 million dollars worth of tax cuts over three years. In addition to income taxes, the plan would’ve cut corporate income taxes and ended the state’s inheritance tax.

Senator Lavon Heidemann, chairman of the Legislature’s Appropriations Committee, says the amended plan is now $97.2 million. The inheritance tax remains part of state law.

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5:06 am
Fri March 2, 2012

LB 1144 promotes career academies for Nebraska

Senator Brad Ashford introduced LB 1144 in the legislature.

He says the bill is part of the education priority package of bills that will be voted on by the legislature in the next few weeks.  Senator Ashford says the bill supports and encourages the creation of career academies for Nebraska. 

He says a career academy is a stand alone educational school that would provide courses and a pathway to employment for those students who do not seek a traditional college education.  

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