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Putting Art in the Driver’s Seat

It is summertime in small-town America. People line main street for parades and gather in the park for antique tractor shows. Events like these make a town come alive.

We spend a lot of time at the Center for Rural Affairs discussing business development. Art and cultural development is often thought of second, after business and infrastructure are attended to. 

That is the wrong approach. 

Cultural events – the things we do together – give us a sense of identity and shape who we are as a community. 

Fighting for Your Hopes and Dreams for Rural America

Here at the Center for Rural Affairs, we enjoy a good debate. In fact, we encourage it. We don’t expect everyone to agree with us. But we’ve been around for 40 years, working diligently to be an independent voice advocating for public policies and actions that create a better future for family farmers, ranchers, and small towns across all of rural America.

3 Factors Influence People’s Decision to Move

One of the main arguments offered by those who would cut taxes in ways that savage pubic goods like schools and infrastructure is that people vote with their feet – they migrate to states with low or no state and local taxes.  Turns out this is not true. Not even a little true. 

Recent research by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities shows taxes have little if any effect on Americans’ migration. 

Center Supports Campaign to Raise the Minimum Wage

We are proud to announce our support for the Nebraskans for Better Wages campaign. It seeks to place a measure on the 2015 ballot to gradually increase the state’s minimum wage from the current $7.25 per hour (the federal minimum wage) to $9.00 per hour by January 1, 2016.

This is not a problem confined to young people. The average minimum wage worker is 35, and 88% are at least 20 years old.

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