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Recent posts by Jon Bailey

Veterans Should Have Health Coverage

This Veteran’s Day we honor those who serve and have served our country. Veterans put their lives on the line to protect our independence, our freedom, and all the rights we hold dear. Now is the time to fight for them by ensuring they have access to health coverage.
 

Impact of Earned Income Tax Credit on Rural People

Our latest report focuses on the Earned Income Tax Credit and Rural Households. The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a credit against federal personal income taxes for working people who have low to moderate income, particularly those with children. The Census Bureau estimates that the 2012 poverty rate would have been 3 percentage points higher without the EITC.

Medicaid Expansion: Bring Our Tax Dollars Home

Nebraska is leaving a lot of money on the table. So are other states that haven’t expanded their Medicaid program for low-income residents as the Affordable Care Act provided.

Since Jan 1, 2014, Nebraska has been forfeiting $930,096/day in federal funds that could provide health insurance for around 59,000 low-income families and individuals. As of Oct 28, 2014, the amount of forfeited federal funds amounted to over $280 million.

Rural Small Business Hiring on the Rise

Our new assessment of rural small business trends, needs, and concerns in Nebraska shows some promising data. Most notable was the overall increase in hiring and job creation activity. The dramatic rise in Latino-owned businesses participating in the survey was also encouraging.

Interesting demographic trends among Latino business owners came to light. The owners were, on average, considerably younger than the overall sampling group. Also, business owners were more likely to be women. These trends create unique business needs and exciting development opportunities.

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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