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Stalled Tax Bill would be Bad for Rural Nebraska

Lowering the valuation of agricultural property from its current level of 75 percent of full market value is not the way to lower property taxes in Nebraska. It is most likely to result in higher property taxes, particularly in rural Nebraska.

Put People Above Politics, Part II

Debate over LB 887, the Wellness in Nebraska Act, promises to be a major issue facing the Nebraska Legislature. LB 887 would expand Medicaid to an estimated 54,000 people through a combination of private health insurance and wellness incentives.

Despite providing needed private health benefits to a population that is in the coverage gap – uninsured, ineligible for insurance marketplace tax credits because their incomes are too low, and without employer-sponsored insurance – some still object to LB 887.

Finding Rural Solutions to Climate Change

Rural and small town Americans work hard to make a living and adapt to changing times. It’s an important tradition, maintaining a rural way of life while finding new ways to improve it. Farmers, ranchers and rural small business depend upon flexibility, entrepreneurship and innovative adoption of new practices to confront new challenges.

From the Ground Up

The Center for Rural Affairs recently released a report, From the Ground Up, Addressing Key Community Concerns in Clean Energy Transmission, which examines the clashes that can arise between communities and transmission line developers and the causes of those clashes, with a unique focus on proposing a set of solutions to those issues.

Put People Above Politics

On February 24th, the Legislature’s Committee on Health and Human Services in Lincoln advanced LB 887 to the floor of the Senate. The Wellness In Nebraska bill would extend healthcare coverage to Nebraskans with incomes at or below 133% of the Federal Poverty Level.

The Unicameral should move forcefully to pass LB 887. Last year’s failure to approve similar legislation and implement the expansion of Medicaid allowed for under the Affordable Care Act has created a coverage gap that an estimated 33,000 Nebraskans have fallen into.

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