A panel of key lawmakers concluded Monday that Nebraska’s fiscal situation hasn’t gotten bad enough to require a special budget-cutting session of the Legislature. But whether one will be needed later this year depends on what happens with state tax receipts in the near future, he said.
Supporters and critics of campaign finance laws used to express agreement regularly on one thing: Transparency on campaign funding is important. It serves the public interest.
The NU Board of Regents on Friday morning voted 5-0 to approve its two-year request to the Legislature. The proposal will ask the Legislature for about 4 percent more in state appropriations each year in the next two years.
User fees fund the majority of the costs to run Nebraska’s eight state parks, nine historical state parks and 60 state recreation areas.
State revenues ebb and flow, and government has a duty to adjust its budgeting to meet the challenge as part of sound management. That’s the message Gov. Pete Ricketts has rightly sent in directing state agencies to tighten their belts in the face of a $95 million revenue shortfall.
Fisher is superintendent of South Sioux City Community Schools. Skretta is superintendent of Norris Public Schools.
Journey of Hope will start its speaking tour Sunday at St. Benedict Catholic Church in Omaha. It will make six additional appearances in Omaha along with about 20 more in Lincoln, Grand Island, North Platte, Norfolk, Columbus, Scottsbluff and other communities.
This fall, a traveling mobile lab will start making appearances at middle schools in the Omaha Public Schools system. It’s part of a well-designed initiative to strengthen Nebraska’s talent pipeline for advanced manufacturing.
States are well served when their elected leaders focus on sound policymaking, judging issues on their merits rather than partisan political concerns.
Both Democratic candidates said it is far too simplistic to describe their race as a contest between the old guard and the new guard — or between the new immigrants and old immigrants of South Omaha.
Nebraska has a spotty record of trying to solve state agencies’ problems by rearranging the bureaucratic deck chairs.
The University of Nebraska Medical Center announced Wednesday that it is seeking patients with treatment-resistant forms of epilepsy to test Epidiolex, an investigational drug derived from a compound found in cannabis. In 2015, the Nebraska Legislature appropriated $500,000 for UNMC to under…
Even in his last months, when ALS stole his voice and he had to use a machine to communicate, he spoke out for legislation that would allow doctors to prescribe life-ending drugs for terminally ill people.
Writing was the subject when Nebraska created its first statewide test in 2001 for K-12 students.
Meanwhile, gun-rights advocates predicted strong resistance to such proposals in states where assault weapons are regulated no differently than hunting rifles or shotguns.
The Nebraska prison system needed a “transformational leader” as director to fix its multiple problems, Gov. Pete Ricketts correctly said after his 2014 election.
Elected officeholders have an important obligation to follow conflict-of-interest reporting requirements. Such openness builds trust with taxpayers and provides reassurance that public business is being conducted responsibly.
“Action needs to be taken immediately to assure Nebraska that these lapses of security are not tolerated — not one more day,” stated a letter to the governor sent by State Sen. Colby Coash of Lincoln.
Mistakes will happen in any organization, but the recent mistakes by Nebraska Department of Corrections staff are costly. They have put public safety in jeopardy.
Nebraska’s top prison official said Monday that multiple agency missteps allowed the two dangerous inmates to stow away on a laundry truck and escape from the maximum security prison.
The fountains, which will be located in the four interior courtyards at the Capitol, are being paid for with $2.5 million in state appropriations. They will be made of bronze. Workers already have excavated that area, finding remnants – such as limestone and a steam tunnel – of the old Capitol building.
Authorities believe inmates Armon Dixon, 37, and Timothy Clausen, 52, may have escaped custody in Lincoln via a laundry truck bound for the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution, court documents show.
Members of the Nebraska Legislature have an obligation to disclose whenever they have a personal financial connection to an issue that arises in the State Capitol.
It makes sense for Nebraska’s local governments to have reasonable flexibility on road work regulations while maintaining proper safety standards.
A watchdog commission has imposed a $500 fine on a state senator for failing to disclose a financial interest in a company that could have been affected by a bill the senator sponsored.
The lifelong Republican said Wednesday she remains politically conservative when it comes to reducing the size, power and expense of government. But when it comes to personal freedom and her strong support of the Constitution, Ebke said the Libertarian Party offers a better fit “right now.”
Each year a free-market-oriented think tank called the Mercatus Center studies the budgets of all 50 state governments and ranks them by how well they’ve managed their money.
Iowa’s first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses may get all the attention, but the election year doesn’t end there.
The writer, of Valparaiso, Nebraska, is issues chairman of Common Cause Nebraska.
Douglas County and Omaha have been discussing the possibility of a crime lab merger for roughly a decade. But this year discussions have gained steam because of the proposal to house a new, independent lab at UNMC.
The total dollars spent by 545 entities to influence legislation jumped by nearly $1.6 million compared with 2014 figures, said the report by Common Cause Nebraska. The figures represent an 11 percent increase.
The state senators pushed back against Gov. Pete Ricketts’ call that “platform Republicans,” who will consistently support his positions, be elected to the Nebraska Legislature.
The Nebraska Tourism Commission turned a needed page last week in firing Tourism Director Kathy McKillip. The move allows the agency to salvage its important work.
Scrutiny of financial irregularities at the Nebraska Tourism Commission once again shows the value taxpayers get from a different state agency — the Auditor of Public Accounts.
“I want the voters to understand they’re not voting to fix a system,” State Sen. Colby Coash of Lincoln said. “They’re voting to keep a system that hasn’t worked for 20 years and will continue to not work should the Legislature’s decision be reversed.”
The final unofficial results showed Fox got 729 votes to former State Sen. John Synowiecki’s 745, officials said Thursday. Tony Vargas, an Omaha Public Schools board member, led with 1,226 votes. Vargas and Synowiecki will advance to the general election.
Two state senators and a retired judge who once sentenced a killer to die in the electric chair spoke at a press conference arranged by the group Retain a Just Nebraska. They said they wanted to counter an argument by pro-death penalty advocates that convicted murderers will be released from prison unless voters restore capital punishment.
Courts, a state legislature and a governor all have sent a strong message this spring that public officials should beware of using their private emails to conduct the public’s business.
Voter turnout in Tuesday’s primary election was the highest for a presidential primary since 2000. Seven rural counties, led by McPherson, topped 50 percent participation.
Nonprofit groups are cooperating well to provide a strong level of support for children in crisis as part of the Nebraska Families Collaborative. It’s encouraging to see that the State Department of Health and Human Services and NFC were able to negotiate a new, one-year contract for the col…
The author is an attorney at Environmental Defense Fund.
In South Omaha’s District 7, a mere 10 votes separated the second- and third-place finishers when vote counting ended Wednesday morning. At that point, former State Sen. John Synowiecki was ahead of current Sen. Nicole Fox. Both trailed Omaha Public School board member Tony Vargas.
“Votes matter,” Ricketts told reporters. “When you make votes that are not what the people of your district want, they’re going to hold you accountable.”
The state agency in charge of getting people interested in Nebraska now needs to show its interest in the taxpayers of Nebraska.
The incumbents will all advance to the general election, but the results show they have a more difficult path to victory in the fall.
The polls are open until 8 p.m. tonight.
Nebraskans head to the polls Tuesday to pick nominees in a number of key primary election races.
The groups will focus on drafting new ballot language to amend medical cannabis into the Nebraska Constitution. They hope to start the petition drive in 2017. It will rely heavily on volunteer circulators to gather the roughly 120,000 signatures they’ll need from registered voters, Graham said.
Kearney-area residents are voicing concern over public safety in the wake of increased walk-aways this spring from the state-run facility for youth offenders in that Nebraska community.
It was disappointing to read the state auditor’s findings about the Nebraska tourism agency’s cavalier treatment of taxpayer dollars.