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Small Businesses in Rural Nebraska: Their Needs and Thoughts

Our 4th biennial assessment of rural small business trends, needs, and concerns showed some notable findings. Overall hiring and job creation activity was up. Participation of Latino-owned businesses in the survey increased dramatically.
 
Latino-owned businesses were more likely to be owned and operated by women. The owners were, on average, considerably younger than the overall sampling group. These trends create unique business needs and exciting development opportunities.
 

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Gallup Poll Shows Sharp Drop in the Uninsured Rate

Gallup, the polling and survey organization, recently reported on the nation’s uninsured rate since enrollment in the Affordable Care Act marketplaces began. The overall uninsured rate in the second quarter of 2014 (after the initial open enrollment period of the ACA) fell to an historical low.

It was the lowest quarterly average recorded since Gallup began tracking the percentage of uninsured Americans in 2008. (In the third quarter of 2013, just before the health insurance marketplaces opened, the national uninsured rate was the highest ever.)

SNAP Benefits and Rural Households

Our newest report looks at the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits (formerly known as food stamps) by where people live. SNAP is a program of the United States Department of Agriculture and offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families. SNAP is the largest program in the domestic hunger safety net.

Our report Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Rural Households makes the following findings based on federal Census Bureau data:

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. 

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