Budget deficits require state legislators across the country to consider spending cuts and revenue increases. They should support programs that build the rural economy like microenterprise development.
Tyler and Lorana Eggert and their two children (ages 1 and 2) recently returned to North Central Nebraska after living in Lincoln for several years. Tyler grew up in Valentine and Lorana grew up in Ainsworth, so both are well aware of what the area has to offer.
Politicians were busy in the waning days of the 111th Congress. Two issues in particular caught our attention at the Center for Rural Affairs: the passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act (S. 510) and changes to the estate tax. Both of these measures affect rural Americans in very real ways, so it’s worth taking a moment to figure out what they mean for us.
The Affordable Care Act is already having a positive impact on the lives of many Americans. Small businesses - especially those in rural communities - will particularly benefit from the small business health care tax credit that began with the current (2010) tax year.
Two new reports by the Center for Rural Affairs highlight the importance of local grocery stores to rural communities, the challenges faced by rural grocery stores, and how communities can respond to those challenges.