A PROJECT OF NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM
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.
- 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:
- Numbers, titles, and sponsor(s) of bills you monitored.
- Copies of your notes.
- Copies of correspondence with your state senator.
- Copies of your notes pertaining to state senator discussions during committee hearings and floor debate.
- 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:
WATERMEIER, Dan, 1, 402-471-2733 email@example.com
KINTNER, Bill, 2, 402-471-2613 firstname.lastname@example.org
GARRETT, Tom, 3, 402-471-2627 email@example.com
HILKEMANN, Robert, 4, 402-471-2621 firstname.lastname@example.org
MELLO, Heath, 5, 402-471-2710 email@example.com
CRAIGHEAD, Joni, 6, 402-471-2714 firstname.lastname@example.org
NORDQUIST, Jeremy, 7, 402-471-2721 email@example.com
HARR, Burke, 8, 402-471-2722 firstname.lastname@example.org
HOWARD, Sara, 9, 402-471-2723 email@example.com
KRIST, Bob, 10, 402-471-2718 firstname.lastname@example.org
CHAMBERS, Ernie, 11, 402-471-2612 email@example.com
RIEPE, Merv, 12, 402-471-2623 firstname.lastname@example.org
COOK, Tanya, 13, 402-471-2727 email@example.com
SMITH, Jim, 14, 402-471-2730 firstname.lastname@example.org
SCHNOOR, David A., 15, 402-471-2625 email@example.com
BRASCH, Lydia, 16, 402-471-2728 firstname.lastname@example.org
BLOOMFIELD, Dave, 17, 402-471-2716 email@example.com
LINDSTROM, Brett, 18, 402-471-2618 firstname.lastname@example.org
SCHEER, Jim, 19, 402-471-2929 email@example.com
McCOLLISTER, John S., 20, 402-471-2622 firstname.lastname@example.org
HAAR, Ken, 21, 402-471-2673 email@example.com
SCHUMACHER, Paul, 22, 402-471-2715 firstname.lastname@example.org
JOHNSON, Jerry, 23, 402-471-2719 email@example.com
KOLTERMAN, Mark, 24, 402-471-2756 firstname.lastname@example.org
CAMPBELL, Kathy, 25, 402-471-2731 email@example.com
HANSEN, Matt, 26, 402-471-2610 firstname.lastname@example.org
COASH, Colby, 27, 402-471-2632 email@example.com
PANSING BROOKS, Patty, 28, 402-471-2633 firstname.lastname@example.org
BOLZ, Kate, 29, 402-471-2734 email@example.com
BAKER, Roy E., 30, 402-471-2620 firstname.lastname@example.org
KOLOWSKI, Rick, 31, 402-471-2327 email@example.com
EBKE, Laura, 32, 402-471-2711 firstname.lastname@example.org
SEILER, Les, 33, 402-471-2712 email@example.com
FRIESEN, Curt, 34, 402-471-2630 firstname.lastname@example.org
GLOOR, Mike, 35, 402-471-2617 email@example.com
WILLIAMS, Matt, 36, 402-471-2642 firstname.lastname@example.org
HADLEY, Galen, 37, 402-471-2726 email@example.com
KUEHN, John L., 38, 402-471-2732 firstname.lastname@example.org
McCOY, Beau, 39, 402-471-2885 email@example.com
LARSON, Tyson, 40, 402-471-2801 firstname.lastname@example.org
SULLIVAN, Kate, 41, 402-471-2631 email@example.com
GROENE, Mike, 42, 402-471-2729 firstname.lastname@example.org
DAVIS, Al, 43, 402-471-2728 email@example.com
HUGHES, Dan, 44, 402-471-2805 firstname.lastname@example.org
CRAWFORD, Sue, 45, 402-471-2615 email@example.com
MORFELD, Adam, 46, 402-471-2720 firstname.lastname@example.orgÂ
SCHILZ, Ken, 47, 402-471-2616 email@example.com
STINNER, John P., 48, 402-471-2802 firstname.lastname@example.org
MURANTE, John, 49, 402-471-2725 email@example.com
Here are issues in the Nebraska Legislature that NTF is watching:
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 […] 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 […] Read more »
CONSERVATIVES SHOULD SUPPORT STATE DEATH PENALTY
NTF Issue Paper: legwatch99.doc. 4-15. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: CONSERVATIVES SHOULD SUPPORT A STATE DEATH PENALTY. BACKGROUND. Thirty state senators, including several Republicans in Name Only, are pressing ahead with an effort to abolish our state death penalty, a prominent goal of Sen. Ernie Chambers. LB 268: Chambers. To replace the death penalty […] 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 […] 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 […] 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 […] 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 […] 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 […] 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 […] 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 […] 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 […] 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 […] 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 […] Read more »
ALTERNATIVES TO LB 887, NEBRASKA OBAMACARE BILL
NTF Issue Paper: legwatch118.doc. 1-14. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: ALTERNATIVES TO LB 887, THE NEBRASKA OBAMACARE BILL. BACKGROUND. Liberal state senators, led by Sen. Kathy Campbell, have introduced LB 887, the Wellness in NE (WIN) Act bill. This bill seeks to improve the health of and coverage for uninsured Nebraskans, reduce the per […] 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 […] Read more »
HELP STOP OBAMACARE IN NEBRASKA
NTF Issue paper: legwatch113.doc. 3-13. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: STOP MEDICAID EXPANSION IN NEBRASKA. BACKGROUND. Liberal state senators have introduced several Medicaid expansion bills in the 2013 legislative session. Their purpose is to either impose ObamaCare offerings on Nebraska or to simply expand Medicaid to include more people, making more citizens dependent upon […] Read more »