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Farmers ask for property tax relief; school officials object to governor’s plan

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Farmers complained property taxes are out-of-control. Public school officials complained a proposal to keep them in check is too burdensome. Both sides were heard at a legislative hearing before the Education Committee as it considers LB 959, which would limit school districts to two-and-a-half percent revenue growth annually. Districts could exceed the limit by going […]

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Lawmakers hear pros and cons of cutting property taxes (AUDIO)

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A legislative committee has heard the governor’s plan to cut property taxes, but also hears some complaints about the plan as well. Gov. Pete Ricketts personally lobbies for the bill that would limit local governmental spending and cap growth of agricultural land assessments at three percent. “It’s a balanced approach. It’s an incremental approach. It’s […]

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Kansas Ag Issues Podcast – 02/01/2016

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  Agricultural law and tax specialist Roger McEowen looked at five recent court cases in Kansas and surrounding states…….including ruts […]

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Kansas Ag Issues Podcast – 02/01/2016

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  Agricultural law and tax specialist Roger McEowen looked at five recent court cases in Kansas and surrounding states…….including ruts […]

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Farm Bureau wants school reliance on property taxes reduced

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Nebraska Farm Bureau officials want state lawmakers to work toward reducing school funding’s reliance on the property tax. Farm Bureau senior economist Jay Rempe says the only way to truly reduce property taxes in Nebraska is to reduce how much school district budgets rely on property taxes. The Farm Bureau proposes capping the amount of […]

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Nebraska’s cigarette tax would more than double under proposed bill

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A Nebraska lawmaker wants to raise the state’s tax on cigarettes by $1.50 per pack. State Senator Mike Gloor of Grand Island says the increase would mean $90 million in property tax relief with half that amount going to homeowners. “And then there’s a personal property tax, which is really directed towards small businesses, ag […]

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OSHA opens investigation into Omaha Old Market explosion

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The U-S Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Omaha office has opened an investigation into the explosion Saturday at 11th and Howard Streets in the Old Market Area. That explosion caused extensive property damage to M’s Pub, the Market House and apartments and condos located in those buildings. OSHA officials say initial reports […]

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Property tax package would limit local government spending (AUDIO)

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Gov. Pete Ricketts is backing a package of proposals to provide property tax relief by limiting the growth of local government spending and the rate at which farmland can be assessed. Ricketts says two bills will be introduced this legislative session to tighten spending limits on local governments, remove exceptions to raise local levies, control […]

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Chamber suggests legislature focus on more than property tax relief (AUDIO)

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Nebraska businesses hope state lawmakers will consider a few other issues than property tax relief in the upcoming legislative session. Nebraska Chamber of Commerce President Barry Kennedy says there’s a lot for legislators to do with little time to waste. “It will be the short session and there are a lot of major issues out […]

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Insurer’s adjusters to start flying drones in Nebraska

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One of the nation’s largest home and auto insurance companies plans to launch a program in Nebraska next year using drones to inspect property damage after disasters ranging from fires to floods to tornadoes. Shawn Broadfield, vice president of innovation & claims at Allstate, says the remote-controlled aircraft are small, maneuverable and can carry high-definition […]

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Ag group compiles to-do list for Unicameral, Congress

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The president of the Nebraska Farmers Union is making a wish list for the 2016 state legislative session, as the Unicameral will reconvene on January 6th. John Hansen says one of the priority issues of the past few sessions remains on the docket for the year ahead. “We want property tax relief,” Hansen says. “That […]

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Legislative Speaker says several property tax proposals will be considered (AUDIO)

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The Speaker of the Legislature says property tax relief proposals will be fully considered in the upcoming, short legislative session. The Unicameral begins a 60-day legislative session January 6th. Property taxes, a big issue in the last legislative session, remains a big issue in the upcoming session. Gov. Pete Ricketts has called it his top […]

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Gov. Ricketts says legislature needs to consider transportation needs

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Gov. Pete Ricketts says he is looking at more than just property tax relief in the upcoming legislative session. Priority number one, as expressed many times by the governor, is property tax relief. He follows that closely with income tax relief, which he says is unlikely to go anywhere in the upcoming, short 60-day legislative […]

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Gov. Ricketts weighing options for property tax relief (AUDIO)

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Gov. Pete Ricketts says property tax relief will remain a top legislative priority of his when the Unicameral reconvenes next month. While property tax relief is a priority, what form it might take isn’t certain. “We’re not prepared at this time to talk about those specific ideas, but what I hope to do is we […]

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Farm Bureau to again press for property tax cut

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Members of the Nebraska Farm Bureau will again push for property tax relief during the upcoming legislative session. The sticking point seems to be school funding. Tonya Storer of Whitman has been leading the Farm Bureau’s School Finance Committee which has recommended school districts not rely on property tax revenue for more than 40% of […]

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