Small Towns News

A Break Up Letter to the Suburbs

Dear Suburbs:

I'm sorry it has taken me so long to write, but it's official. I have met someone else and I have moved out. I’ve moved to where there are cleaner and greener spaces, leaving behind your noise and light pollution. I think you already know what I am going to say, and yes, I’m talking about Small Town and Rural America.

A Boost for Net Neutrality and Rural Internet Users

Last week was a banner moment for supporters of net neutrality, and for rural internet users. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler released an op-ed that laid out his proposal for insuring that the internet remain an open place for everyone.

Chairman Wheeler proposed that the FCC use Title II of the Communications Act to reclassify broadband internet service providers as common carriers. Doing so would prevent them from charging a premium for prioritized ‘fast lanes’ on the internet. Net neutrality is valued so highly because it maintains the internet as an equal playing field for everyone.

Returning Balance to Nebraska Taxes

For decades, Nebraskans have heard that the real tax debate in this state should focus on sustainable, meaningful property tax reform. There seems to be a current consensus among citizens, Senators, and the new administration that the time has come to actually provide meaningful, sustainable property tax reform.
 
However, can Nebraska enact property tax reform while avoiding cuts to schools and other key services? Our local governments are among the most property tax dependent in the nation - only Illinois relies more on property taxes to fund schools.

President Obama, the State of the Union (#SOTU), and Rural Poverty

Tonight, when President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address to Congress and the American people, he should talk about the importance of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) in addressing poverty in rural and small-town America.

At the Center for Rural Affairs, we believe the president and Congress should seriously consider proposals to enhance the EITC. We hope the president begins that process by discussing enhancements of the EITC in the State of the Union.

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