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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Politics & Elections
1:51 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

Historic preservation tax credit legislation moves forward


A bill providing tax credits to redevelop historic properties is moving forward in the Unicameral.

Speaker Mike Flood chose LB888 as one of his priority bills. It would provide a 25 percent tax credit for developers who rehabilitate historic properties. Nonprofits that do so could get a 30 percent tax credit.

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Politics & Elections
3:00 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

Senator Nordquist introduces a bill to make chemotherapy affordable

Senator Jeremy Nordquist

LB 882 would take cancer treatment decisions away from insurance companies and put them back into the hands of patients and their doctors.

That’s according to Omaha Senator Jeremy Nordquist, who introduced LB 882.  He says the measure creates parity between oral chemotherapy medications and IV medications for cancer patients.  Senator Nordquist says under the current system, IV medications are considered a medical benefit. 

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Politics & Elections
2:14 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

Bill seeks to keep young people in school until age 18


A measure in the Unicameral seeks to keep young people in school until graduation or age 18.

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Politics & Elections
8:22 am
Thu January 26, 2012

Legislation would provide tax credits for restoring historic properties

The historic Farm Credit building in downtown Omaha.
courtesy Google Images

Developers wanting to rehabilitate state, federal, or locally-designated historic sites could get a tax credit for doing so under legislature in the Unicameral.

The Historic Property Restoration and Reuse Act is sponsored by Bellevue Senator Abbie Cornett. Developers who restore a historic property, or a facility within a historic district, could apply for a 25 percent tax credit. Nonprofits could be eligible for a 30 percent tax credit.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:37 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

The SOPA bill is meant to protect original digital and online content

Omaha, NE – Did your favorite website look different today? That's due to the outcry over the proposed SOPA bill. With more, here's Omaha Public Radio's Cheril Lee

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