• Don McCabe

    Nebraska Tax Reform Should Start With Property Taxes

    Nebraska Notebook

     by Don McCabe
     on February 20, 2013

    Tax reform can is generally a good thing. But it wasn't such a good thing when Gov. Dave Heineman proposed at the start of the 2013 Legislature a plan to repeal individual and corporate income taxes and make up the difference by eliminating a myriad of sales tax exemptions. Bills to accomplish the governor's plan were introduced by State Sen. Beau McCoy of Omaha. They were met with resounding opposition during a hearing of the Unicameral's Revenue Committee. And that…

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    Food Demand In China Adds Up To Stunning Numbers

    Nebraska Notebook

     by Don McCabe
     on February 8, 2013

    As the Chinese economy continues to expand, major opportunities exist for American businesses. Over the past few years, Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman and Greg Ibach, Nebraska Department of Agriculture director, have led several successful trade missions to China, in the process signing marketing deals for Nebraska commodities, including beef and dry edible beans. Nebraska has even opened a trade office in Shanghai, China. I bring this up, not just for the numbers, but because former…

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    NRDs Stand Test Of Time After 40 Years

    Nebraska Notebook

     by Don McCabe
     on February 1, 2013

    When the board members and staff of Nebraska's natural resources districts get together, as they did in Lincoln in late January, the debates over water and irrigation issues are far from boring. They arrive in Lincoln in late January each year to review bills introduced in the Unicameral. Delegates representing the state's 23 NRDs spend several hours in serious, sometimes heated debate, before their association takes positions on the measures. Another wave of water-related…

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