Nebraska Legislative Watch

A PROJECT OF NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM

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EXPLANATION & OBJECTIVES:

NTF believes that the people of Nebraska have a right to know how their state legislators vote on important legislative issues that have an impact on the fiscal health of taxpayers, government intervention in private life and business, and law and order.  This project affords Nebraskans a broad and deep analysis of how their state senators vote on current, crucial issues.  Members lobby and carefully monitor votes and voting patterns of state senators.  NTF annually publishes a Legislative Voting Record incorporating annotations of bills and resolutions monitored, a grid graph illustrating actual votes, and a percentage voting score for every state senator.  We distribute copies to NTF members and the media.

The following is contact information for Nebraska legislators:
http://nebraskalegislature.gov/pdf/senators/roster.pdf

GENERAL DIRECTIONS:

  • Study the enclosed multi-page Legislative Watch packet.
  • Gather the tools/supplies you will need to proceed as mentioned in outline.
  • To proceed conscientiously, continually consult media, legislative, and NTF sources that show progress of legislation.
  • If you have questions, call (402) 551-0921.
  • Furnish your work to NTF by August 1 following end of legislative session:
  1. Numbers, titles, and sponsor(s) of bills you monitored.
  2. Copies of your notes.
  3. Copies of correspondence with your state senator.
  4. Copies of your notes pertaining to state senator discussions during committee hearings and floor debate.
  5. Copies of news clippings and other background material regarding your bills and resolutions.

Read our NTF Legislative Voting Record published annually.
Make copies and distribute generously to friends and neighbors.

The following is contact information for Nebraska legislators:
http://nebraskalegislature.gov/pdf/senators/roster.pdf


Here are issues in the Nebraska Legislature that NTF is watching:

NTF ISSUE PAPER: WIND ENERGY BLOWING EMPTY PROMISES

NTF Issue Paper: legwatch156.doc. 10-17. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: WIND ENERGY BLOWING EMPTY PROMISES. BACKGROUND. Renewable energy advocates publicize wind energy as a clear, clean alternative to fossil fuels. The U.S. and China are producing much more energy from wind farms. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. now has the wind power capacity of 65,879 megawatts of energy. In 2013, wind power generated Read more »

NTF ISSUE PAPER: TAX INCREMENT FINANCING OUT OF CONTROL

NTF Issue Paper: legwatch153.doc. 8-17. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: TAX INCREMENT FINANCING OUT OF CONTROL. BACKGROUND. After federal funding for economic redevelopment decreased, localities sought other tools for economic development and urban renewal. Nebraska voters approved tax increment financing (TIFs) in Nov. 1978, and the Legislature passed enabling legislation in 1979. The original intent of TIFs meant to finance Read more »

NTF ISSUE PAPER: TAXPAYERS DEMAND FREE SPEECH ON CAMPUSES

NTF Issue Paper: legwatch154.doc. 9-17. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: TAXPAYERS DEMAND FREE SPEECH ON NEBRASKA COLLEGE CAMPUSES. BACKGROUND. Like many other college campuses, Nebraska campuses have witnessed an increasing incidence of bullying and harassment of conservative collegians exercising their 1st Amendment rights to assemble and discuss their conservative political beliefs with fellow students. Not only leftist students Read more »

NTF RATES STATE SENATORS ON FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY

Nebraska Taxpayers for Freedom has released its annual report on the conservative voting of members of the Nebraska Unicameral during the 2017 session. NTF rates senators based on their fiscal responsibility, intervention into the private lives of Nebraska citizens, and positions on legislation dealing with law and order. NTF rates state senators based on the most conservative voting record and the least. NTF tracked 95 bills and resolutions Read more »

NTF ISSUE PAPER: PROPERTY TAX REFORM IN THE LEGISLATURE

NTF Issue Paper: valuation25.doc. 9-17. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: PROPERTY TAX REFORM IN THE LEGISLATURE. BACKGROUND. Most states have revised and reformed their archaic systems and criteria for local governments setting real property tax rates. Unfortunately, Nebraska has not updated its property tax system for a long time. The result is that taxes on both urban and rural properties have skyrocketed, causing property owners Read more »

NTF ISSUE PAPER: STOP UNNECESSARY DAMS

NTF Issue Paper: legwatch146.doc. 4-17. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: STOP UNNECESSARY DAMS. BACKGROUND. Natural Resource Districts (NRDs) eager to build unneeded dams along NE waterways currently use a loophole to prevent adjacent government subdivisions from having financial influence on dam-building decisions. Many such dams benefit only private developers who reap millions from selling property near or on the lakeshores. Read more »

NTF ISSUE PAPER: LET TEACHERS CONTROL CLASSROOMS

NTF Issue Paper: legwatch145.doc. 4-17. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: LET TEACHERS CONTROL CLASSROOMS. BACKGROUND. Across Nebraska, public school teachers face an ever increasing number of physical assaults by violent and destructive students. Teachers are stabbed, punched, and knocked down. Ranging from mild attacks to serious, bloody assaults, teachers now find themselves unable to defend themselves under current state law. Read more »

STOP RESOLUTION TO ENCOURAGE UNVETTED MUSLIM IMMIGRATION

NTF Issue paper: legwatch142.doc. 4-17. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: STOP THE RESOLUTION TO ENCOURAGE UNVETTED MUSLIM IMMIGRATION. BACKGROUND. Nebraska has the non-envious position of having heaped on us as a state the largest number of unvetted Muslim refugees per capita of population, as former President Obama graciously welcomed thousands of these refugees into our country. While President Trump valiantly and diligently attempts Read more »

SNUFF THIS LIBERAL RESOLUTION THAT ENCOURAGES ILLEGAL ALIENS

NTF Issue Paper: legwatch85.doc. 4-17. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: SNUFF THIS LIBERAL RESOLUTION THAT ENCOURAGES ILLEGAL ALIENS. BACKGROUND. Liberal senators are pushing 2 legislative resolutions to encourage the continued residence of illegal aliens in Nebraska and to encourage the immigration to our state by unvetted Muslim refugees. President Trump has begun the accelerated deportation of illegal aliens from the U.S., so Read more »

NTF ISSUE PAPER: VOTER FRAUD DEMANDS VOTING REFORM

NTF Issue Paper: legwatch141.doc. 10-16. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: VOTER FRAUD DEMANDS VOTING REFORM. BACKGROUND. Donald Trump challenged the Republican establishment, Socialist Democrats, and the liberal media by telling supporters that they were fighting against a “rigged” system, rotten with voter fraud and those eager to protect the status quo. The GOP establishment and Socialist Dems, aided by their media allies, Read more »

NTF ISSUE PAPER: PREVENT LIBERALS FROM HARASSING CONSERVATIVE GROUPS

NTF Issue Paper: legwatch140.doc. 9-16. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: PREVENT LIBERALS FROM HARASSING CONSERVATIVE GROUPS. BACKGROUND. Private political speech guaranteed by our Constitution suffers assault by government regulators, activist judges, leftist activists, and liberal media demanding greater disclosure of donors and members of conservative and nonprofit organizations. Anonymous political speech has appeared in democratic Read more »

SUGGESTIONS FOR CUTTING THE NEBRASKA STATE BUDGET: FY 2016-17

NTF Worksheet: Legwatch16. 9-16. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM WORKSHEET: SUGGESTIONS FOR CUTTING THE NEBRASKA STATE BUDGET: FY 2016-17. State senators in the 2017 Session face a looming $113.7 million ongoing deficit with an ending balance below the minimum 3% reserves, because revenues from sales, income, and other taxes will not cover projected state spending, much of it on automatic pilot in future years. Senators mismanaged and inflated Read more »

LOBBYING AGAINST TAXPAYERS IN NE LEGISLATURE: 2016

NTF Issue Paper: legwatch94.doc. 5-16. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: LOBBYING AGAINST TAXPAYERS IN THE LEGISLATURE: 2016. BACKGROUND. Numerous lobbyists seek to persuade our state senators to vote a particular way or support or oppose a specific cause. However, the large number of lobbyists who lobby on behalf of liberal groups and state/local taxing authorities explains much of the reason why state senators have not offered Read more »

INTERIM STUDY: RESOLUTIONS OF INTEREST TO TAXPAYERS

NTF worksheet: legwatch112.doc. 5-16. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM WORKSHEET: INTERIM STUDY RESOLUTIONS OF INTEREST TO TAXPAYERS. BACKGROUND. Every legislative session, state senators initiate interim study resolutions to provide public hearings on legislation that did not win passage in that session or address issues that they believe merit public discussion before introduction as bills in the following session. NTF has selected a number Read more »

STOP MEDICAID EXPANSION AGAIN

NTF Issue paper: legwatch86.doc. 1-16. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: STOP MEDICAID EXPANSION AGAIN. BACKGROUND. Several senators again have introduced a bill, LB 1032, to expand Medicaid health care coverage to uninsured healthy adults, tweaking a plan still based on Obama Care. Similar bills failed during the last 3 legislative sessions. State Sen. John McCollister and 15 co-sponsors want to use Medicaid money through a federal Read more »

DON'T BE CAUGHT DEAD IN NEBRASKA: LOWER THE STATE INHERITANCE TAX

NTF Issue Paper: legwatch88.doc. 1-16. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: DON'T BE CAUGHT DEAD IN NEBRASKA: LOWER THE STATE INHERITANCE TAX. BACKGROUND. Nebraska is one of only 7 states that continues to collect a state inheritance tax. LB 936, sponsored by State Sen. Laura Ebke, would exempt $100,000 instead of $10,000 from state inheritance tax and lower the tax rate from 13% to 1%. Meanwhile, conservative congressmen are pushing Read more »

LOBBYING AGAINST TAXPAYERS IN THE LEGISLATURE: 2015

NTF Issue Paper: legwatch139.doc. 10-15. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: LOBBYING AGAINST TAXPAYERS IN THE LEGISLATURE: 2015. BACKGROUND. Numerous lobbyists seek to persuade our state senators to vote a particular way or support or oppose a specific cause. However, the large number of lobbyists who lobby on behalf of liberal groups and state/local taxing authorities explains much of the reason why state senators have not offered Read more »

NTF ANNUAL UNICAMERAL VOTING REPORT

Nebraska Taxpayers for Freedom has released its annual report on the conservative voting of members of the Nebraska Unicameral during the 2015 session. NTF rates senators based on their fiscal responsibility, intervention into the private lives of Nebraska citizens, and positions on legislation dealing with law and order. NTF rates state senators based on the most conservative voting record and the least. NTF tracked 132 bills in the 2015 session. Read more »

GOOD & BAD BILLS IN THE 2015 LEGISLATURE

Legwatch2015.doc. 3-15. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM WORKSHEET: GOOD & BAD BILLS IN THE 2015 LEGISLATURE. GOOD RESOLUTIONS. LR 23: Riepe. To win permission for NE veterans to use medical benefits at local clinics and hospitals. GOOD RESOLUTION/ IN COMMITTEE BAD RESOLUTIONS. LR 7CA: Schumacher. To subvert legislative term limits by allowing senators to serve two 6-yr. terms instead of two 4-yr. terms. Ernie Chambers supports the resolution. Read more »

STOP THE STATE GAS TAX HIKE

NTF Issue Paper: Gastax8.doc. 3-15. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: STOP THE STATE GAS TAX HIKE. BACKGROUND. Sen. Jim Smith, usually a fiscally conservative senator, introduced LB 610, to raise our state gas tax by 6c by 2019, bringing our total state gas tax up to 31.6c per gallon. Of the two components of the fixed rate, the portion allocated to the Dept. of Roads would increase 1/2 cent every year, from 7.5c to 9.5c. The portion Read more »

TIPS FOR THE LEGISLATURE

NTF worksheet: legwatch131.doc. 11-14. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM WORKSHEET: TIPS FOR THE LEGISLATURE. The 2015 Legislature is the most conservative in recent legislative history. New and veteran conservative state senators must control the Health & Human Services, Judiciary, and Education Committees and cut spending in the 2nd & 3rd. Spending rises, because senators want to pass many bills to show constituents that they are doing Read more »

EPA WATER RULES STRANGLE NEBRASKA FARMERS & RANCHERS

Read more at Restoring Liberty.com NTF Issue Paper: cong119.doc. 11-14. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: EPA WATER RULES STRANGLE NEBRASKA FARMERS & RANCHERS. BACKGROUND. President Obama pledged to use his executive power to push through environmental and climate change radical regulations. Nebraska Taxpayers for Freedom has joined NE business, agriculture, and forestry groups and county governments to battle 88 pp. of new regulations Read more »

COAL IS CLEAN ENERGY AT REASONABLE COST

NTF Issue Paper: energy8.doc. 10-14. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: THE PROBLEM. Australia repealed its carbon tax that harmed consumers by raising electricity costs, damaging the economy, cutting manufacturing jobs, and reducing competitiveness. Its carbon tax caused over $15 billion in economic mayhem in its first 2 yrs. of implementation. The Australian prime minister declared that this tax, voted in, was useless and destructive Read more »

NEBRASKA TAXES STING RETIRED CITIZENS

NTF Issue Paper: Taxplan24.doc. 9-14. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: BACKGROUND. Retired citizens in Nebraska, especially those living on fixed incomes, find that taxes consume an increasing part of their household budgets, persuading many to move to other states having lower taxes. Kiplinger’s Magazine developed a retiree tax map to show the total tax burdens for a typical retired couple in each state plus D.C. Many erroneously Read more »

NEBRASKA BUSINESS TAX CLIMATE IS POOR

NTF Issue Paper: Taxplan18. 9-14. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: BACKGROUND. Businesses, too, need tax relief. Besides corporation income taxes, they pay payroll taxes, property taxes, sales taxes, worker compensation taxes, unemployment insurance taxes, insurance taxes, import duties of $18 million annually, fuel taxes, and utility taxes. Nebraska business taxes discourage business expansion and employment. BUSINESS TAX COMPARISONS. Read more »

Minimum Wage = Maximum Damage

NTF Issue Paper: minimumwage1.doc. 7-14. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: THE CASE AGAINST RAISING THE STATE MINIMUM WAGE. BACKGROUND. The current minimum wage in Nebraska is $7.25 per hour, matching the federal minimum wage. Our low state unemployment rate means that few employees for long earn the minimum wage. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reveals only 32,000 Nebraskans earned the minimum wage in 2012. The initiative to Read more »

CASTLE DOCTRINE NEEDED IN NEBRASKA

NTF issue paper: gunrights7.doc. 5-14. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: CASTLE DOCTRINE NEEDED IN NEBRASKA. BACKGROUND. The Castle Doctrine derives from an old principle in English common law that an individual home is a castle. If attacked, no requirement to retreat. Recall the common phrase, "a man's home is his castle." The State of Nebraska currently does not have a Castle Doctrine to protect citizens and property. Present Read more »

E-VERIFY IS GOOD FOR NEBRASKA BUSINESS

 NTF Issue Paper: illegal100.doc. 2-14. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: E-VERIFY IS GOOD FOR NEBRASKA BUSINESS. BACKGROUND. Recognizing that congressional legislation eventually will make the use of E-Verify mandatory in all states, many employers now are beginning to use this system voluntarily in order to become accustomed to its provisions. Under Senate legislation, companies must examine documents like passport, SS card, drivers Read more »

TAX BURDEN ON NEBRASKA RETIREES

NTF issue paper: taxplan20.doc.  10-13. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: REPEAL INCOME TAX ON NEBRASKA RETIREMENT INCOME.  BACKGROUND.  Nebraska retirees find themselves at a financial disadvantage compared to retirees in other states.   Facing continuing high property taxes, their savings suffer further losses from taxation on retirement income.  Older Nebraskans face state income taxes on their Social Security payments and Read more »