A bill in the Nebraska legislature would allow residents in counties with fewer than 10,000 residents the opportunity to participate in vote by mail elections.
It would require the approval of eligible voters in the counties. The bill’s sponsor, Nebraska Senator John Harms, says the measure would streamline the voting process, save counties money and give more people the opportunity to vote. He says the voting by mail turnout for special elections in the state has always been positive.
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.
Douglas County Commissioners say taxpayers could be forced to pay more if the state of Nebraska does away with its inheritance tax.
During his State of the State address, Governor Dave Heineman told lawmakers he wants the inheritance tax to end. The inheritance tax is based upon the fair market value of a property at the time of a person’s death. The amount of tax paid varies depending on the relationship between the deceased and the person who inherits the property.
Senator Jeremy Nordquist of Omaha recently introduced LB 835 into the legislature.
The bill would create a state-based Nebraska health insurance marketplace. Senator Nordquist says under the Affordable Care Act, each state is required to establish a healthcare exchange or the federal government will create one for them.
Jobs, immigration, and foreign policy were among the topics in the first debate of the Second Congressional District race.
Democratic candidates John Ewing and Gwen Howard debated Friday night at the Douglas County Democratic Party’s annual Truman Dinner. Ewing is Douglas County Treasurer. Howard is serving her second term as State Senator.
A UNO political scientist says it’s concerning that caucus results from eight Iowa precincts are missing.
Iowa Republican Party officials released the official caucus results Thursday. They show former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum actually won the caucus, by 34 votes, over former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. But GOP officials say they won’t declare a winner because of the missing votes.
Omaha, NE – Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman is calling on lawmakers to cut state income taxes by $326.6 million dollars over the next three years.
Taxes were a central part of Heineman's State of the State address Thursday. Heineman's plan would change the state income tax brackets and lower rates accordingly. The legislation, sponsored by Bellevue Senator Abbie Cornett, would also eliminate Nebraska's inheritance tax.