Politics & Elections

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.
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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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Politics & Elections
5:46 pm
Wed January 25, 2012

Nebraska lawmakers respond to State of the Union address

Nebraska’s Second District Congressman and two U.S. Senators say they support the further development of domestic sources of energy.

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Politics & Elections
7:35 pm
Tue January 24, 2012

Douglas County Board opposed to legislation ending inheritance tax

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.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:15 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Senator Nordquist introduces state-based health insurance marketplace

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. 

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Politics & Elections
3:11 pm
Sun January 22, 2012

Jobs, Keystone XL, health care among topics at first Congressional debate


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.

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1:10 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

UNO political scientist: missing Iowa caucus ballots cause for concern

GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum
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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.

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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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Omaha Public Radio News
8:41 am
Mon January 16, 2012

Committee hearings begin Tuesday in Nebraska Legislature

Omaha, NE – The Nebraska Legislature begins committee hearings this week.

Committee hearings are scheduled to begin Tuesday. Last week, Governor Dave Heineman announced legislation will be introduced to reduce taxes more than $326 million dollars over the next three years.

Senator Lavon Heidemann, chairman of the Unicameral's Appropriations Committee, says introduction of bills will continue through January 19th, with the exception of budget bills.

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Omaha Public Radio News
2:39 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

Taxes, job creation, child welfare reform part of State of the State

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.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:43 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

Omaha Mayor discusses legislative priorities

Omaha, NE – Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle hopes Nebraska lawmakers will use this legislative session to address sales taxes, economic development, and tax increment financing districts.

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