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Center Joins Rebuild Nebraska to Protect the “Good Life”

A critical tax debate is underway in Nebraska. During the legislative session, the Unicameral created the Nebraska Tax Modernization Committee to examine the state’s tax system. This committee, composed of 14 state senators, will hold meetings the rest of the year to analyze and make recommendations on what, if any, changes need to be made to our state’s tax structure. The Committee will hold regular hearings, and importantly, several public hearings.

Spotlight on Transmission: Hoskins to Neligh Line

In May the Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) completed the third round of open houses for the Hoskins to Neligh transmission line. The project will help increase reliability and efficiency in northeast Nebraska. It will also help move energy from wind farms around Neligh to markets outside of Nebraska.

When NPPD produces more energy than is needed in Nebraska, they can sell the extra wind energy to markets outside the state. Connection to these markets helps to bring the possibility of new renewable energy projects to the state.

Farm Tours Take Latino Entrepreneurs to Diversified Farms in Central Nebraska

For the second time this summer, the Center for Rural Affairs is hosting a day of farm tours as part of their Beginning Latino Farmer Program. 

These tours will expose participants to a wider range of farming possibilities. In June we visited several diversified farms; saw poultry, cattle, hogs, vegetables, and a farmers’ market. This time, we’ll visit sheep and goat farms and learn about extending the vegetable-growing season with hoop houses.

Healthcare and You: A Few Questions Answered

As October rolls nearer, so does the beginning of your state’s health insurance marketplace. This marketplace is the spot for you to buy affordable insurance, and find out if you qualify for subsidies. Do you have all the information you need to make the best choice for your family?

Keep your questions coming! This month, we’ll focus on the subsidies available after Jan. 1, 2014, that will help make insurance affordable for many rural Americans.

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