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 By LuAnn Schindler    Opinion    April 15, 2021 

-Isms: Views on life in rural America

Willpower, by Merriam-Webster’s definition, is the ability to control oneself, a strong determination that allows you to do something difficult. It’s a word I hear tossed about often, dripping...

 
 By Sen. Tom Briese    Opinion    April 15, 2021 

Statehouse budget debate begins

Last week, we began debate on the budget, after receiving a briefing from the Appropriations Committee chairman, Senator Stinner. The budget for the next year calls for an increase in the general fund...

 

State revenue growth estimated at 3 percent

The Appropriations Committee advanced their finalized recommendations for the Fiscal Year 2021-22 and 2022-23 biennial budget to the full Legislature. First-round debate took place this past week and all bills were advanced unanimously except LB383,...

 

-Isms: Views on life in rural America

A couple topics are brewing in my mind and, since it’s Tuesday, and I’ve been attempting to construct on outline for this week’s column, I’ll probably split it into two sections. See, this is... Full story

 

Medical marijuana legalization advances in legislature

The question of whether Nebraska should legalize medical marijuana will be debated by the Legislature this year. LB 474, the Medicinal Cannabis Act, was advanced this past week from the Judiciary...

 

Expanding, evolving, redefining our post-pandemic worlds

TAMMY DAY Civic Nebraska As winter turns to spring and dreams of summertime travel and adventure appear to be real possibilities, I find myself trying to dust off the cobwebs of the past year and figuring out how to transition to the post-pandemic...

 

-Isms: Views on life in rural America

I was eight years old when I fell in love with a movie genre, er - maybe it was a crush on Paul Newman. The cause of puppy love: the bicycle scene in “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” where...

 

Extend Microenterprise Tax Credit to boost recovery efforts

JOHNATHAN HLADIK Policy director Center for Rural Affairs The past 12 months have not been easy for small businesses. Communities have lost longtime staples, as well as opportunities for future growth, as entrepreneurs were forced to delay planned in...

 

Brand inspection bill receives initial approval

The Legislature has completed Day 50 of this 90-day legislative session and is in the middle of debate on bills that have been designated as a priority by senators, committees and the speaker. As a...

 
 By Mark Mahoney    Opinion    April 1, 2021

Remarks from Mark

I'm feeling a bit blue this week about the state of NCAA Division I men's college basketball in Nebraska. The fifth-seeded Creighton Bluejays lost, 83-65, to the top-seeded Gonzaga Bulldogs on Sunday...

 

-Isms: Views on life in rural America

How do you measure a year? According to “Seasons of Love,” from the Broadway hit “Rent,” in 525,600 minutes, you measure life “in daylights, in sunsets, in midnights, in cups of coffee, in...

 

Herd-share agreement bill receives first round approval

The Legislature gave first-round approval to a bill that attempts to make it easier for the consumer to purchase individual packages of meat directly from the producer or processor. LB 324 authorizes...

 

Hilgers gives nod to two Briese bills

The work of the Legislature is now about getting bills to the floor for debate by the entire body. And that generally means a priority designation. Priority bills, one per senator, two per committee a...

 
 By Mark Mahoney    Opinion    March 25, 2021

Remarks from Mark

I’ve got a spring in my step because the time of year has arrived for college basketball’s big dance. There was plenty of March mayhem during the early rounds of the 2021 NCAA Division I men’s...

 

-Isms: Views on life in rural America

A day off. What’s that? Since starting this business venture, we haven’t been “out of the office” very often. Even when we aren’t there, it seems like one or both of us is constantly working...

 
 By Bev Wieler    Opinion    March 18, 2021

Out my garden window

I heard it, then what followed was the rain. We are in the first part of March and I feel it was a spring thunderstorm as I was hearing thunder. Before I woke for the day, I just knew I would be able...

 

Let government know who's boss

Ken Paulson Director of the Free Speech Center at Middle Tennessee State University When government fails, it’s the rare public official who says, “Oops. My fault.” That’s human nature, particularly for officials in the public eye who may...

 

-Isms: Views on life in rural America

Author John Di Lemme wrote, “Your results are the product of either personal focus or personal distractions. The choice is yours.” I would argue, if you took a look at our living room, which a fri...

 

Reward local journalism: Support the Journalism Competition & Preservation Act

DAVID CHAVERN President & CEO News Media Alliance Over the past year, local journalism has been more important – and more needed – than ever. From the COVID- 19 pandemic to the reignited...

 

Full-day floor debate underway at statehouse

The legislature has wrapped up most committee hearings, and began half-day floor debate this week. Full-day floor debate will begin next week. In the meantime, committees are voting on which bills...

 

State forecasting board projects upward trend

The Nebraska Economic Forecasting Advisory Board met last week and revised the current forecast upwards. The board projected an increase of $204 million for fiscal year 2020-21, $165 million for fisca...

 

Isms: Views on life in rural America

My favorite sport is thrifting. To borrow from a popular meme: Yes, I shop at thrift stores. No, I am not poor. Would you pass up a $178 Anthropologie dress, new with tags, for $4.25? What about a box...

 

Debunking the blackout myths

The extreme cold spell that Nebraska and other states experienced during the middle of February increased energy needs across the region, resulting in unprecedented short-term rolling blackouts....

 

Bill to cap property taxes advances in Nebraska Legislature

On Feb. 26, the Revenue Committee voted to advance LB 408, as amended by AM 371, on a 7-1 vote. The amended version of the bill would limit the annual increase in property tax askings to no more than...

 

-Isms: Views on Life in Rural America

This week, we’re going to play the close your eyes and imagine game. Ready? Close your eyes. No peeking. You need to tune in and think. Your future depends on it. Think of a building in your...

 

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