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Recap of Nebraska Legislative Hearing on LB 176 or the Grease the Skids for Corporate Hog Production Bill

A bill introduced in the Nebraska Legislature, LB 176, would remove the restriction on meat packing corporations owning hogs in Nebraska. This intends to grease the skids for corporate hog production. A hearing on the bill was held on February 11. We live-tweeted it, so you could be in the know.

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.

Redesigning Medicaid in Montana

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, especially when it comes to medical care. Disease prevention and early intervention is so much cheaper than treating a disease or injury after it has progressed.

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.

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