Conservative Consumerism

EXPLANATION & OBJECTIVES:
Each NTF member, as a consumer, enjoys a wide range of choices when selecting a product or service for purchase. Besides considering price, quality, and convenience, we should consider politics. Leftwing political groups in Nebraska and the nation very much depend on the financial support given them by owners of business enterprises. Likewise, conservative groups very much depend upon the financial generosity of American business. Therefore, we must encourage members and other conservatives selectively to avoid buying products and services from donors to the Left and selectively to choose products and services marketed by
conservative enterprises. We must not support those who use their profits to undermine our nation, but we must financially vitalize those who strive to keep our nation free.

GENERAL DIRECTIONS:
Help fellow members assemble and revise consumer boycott lists and preference lists.
Distribute selection lists to fellow members and friends continually.
Remember that list entries always are subject to change, as businesses change their attitudes about sponsorship of political causes.
Remember that we are not boycotting businesses whose employees support something objectionable or whose employees oppose something commendable; we boycott only businesses whose ownership or corporate management assumes a position antagonistic to the conservative cause.

NTF UNICAMERAL VOTING RECORD

Nebraska Taxpayers for Freedom has released its annual report on the conservative voting of members of the Nebraska Unicameral during the 2018 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. Legislative Rankings 2018 & Watchdog Signup NTF rates state senators based on the most conservative voting record and the Read more »

NTF WORKSHEET: CREATIVE CONSUMERISM--SUPPORT

Consum5.doc. 11-18. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM WORKSHEET: PART 2: CONSERVATIVES SHOULD SUPPORT THE FOLLOWING COMPANIES AND PERSONALITIES: ABC Supply: CEO raised money for Trump presidential campaign. Ace Hardware: supports conservative causes. Advance Auto Parts: supports conservative causes. Alaska Airlines: supports conservative religious causes. Amazon Fashion: boycotted by liberals. American Greetings Corporation: supports conservative Read more »

NTF WORKSHEET: CREATIVE CONSUMERISM--BOYCOTT

Consum5.doc. 11-18. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM WORKSHEET: PART 1: CONSERVATIVES SHOULD BOYCOTT THE FOLLOWING COMPANIES AND PERSONALITIES: Adobe Systems: opposes Trump ending the DACA illegal alien amnesty program. Airbnb: offers free lodging to unvetted Muslim immigrants. Opposes Trump repeal of DACA. Al Sharpton: civil rights phony who threatened to leave U.S. if Trump elected. Allied Van Lines: stopped offering discounts to NRA members. Read more »

NTF ISSUE PAPER: MAKE E-VERIFY MANDATORY FOR BUSINESSES

NTF Issue paper: illegal98.doc. 8-18. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: MAKE E-VERIFY MANDATORY FOR BUSINESSES. BACKGROUND. Many U.S. and NE employers already use the federal E-Verify system to verify legality of their employees. In NE, all businesses that conduct commercial activity with the state must use the E-Verify system to screen out illegal aliens. Fiscal conservatives long have awaited successful state and national legislation Read more »

NTF ISSUE PAPER: ILLEGAL ALIENS BOOST DEMOCRAT PARTY

NTF Issue paper: illegal97.doc. 7-18. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: ILLEGAL ALIENS BOOST DEMOCRAT PARTY. BACKGROUND. One of the foremost reasons that the Democrat Party seeks to open our borders and welcome thousands of illegal aliens is to register them to vote Democrat. Democrat community organizers and their legal teams quickly seek out illegals and attempt to obtain legal status for them under a myriad of refugee programs. Read more »

NTF REPORT: DOUGLAS COUNTY COMMISSIONER VOTING RECORDS

Douglascounty23.doc. 6-18. DOUGLAS COUNTY COMMISSIONER VOTING RECORDS: 2006 7-11-06: County makes a voluntary contribution to support the Downtown Improvement District that will levy a property tax for improvements and maintenance of area. YES(-): Borgeson, Boyle, Duda, Hutchings, Maxwell, McCallister, Rogers. To accept a Title II grant from NE Crime Commission to operate the Douglas Co. Juvenile Assessment Center. YES(+): Borgeson, Boyle, Read more »

NTF WORKSHEET: NEBRASKA LEGISLATIVE BILLS, GOOD & BAD: 2018

Legwatch2018final.doc. 6-18. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM WORKSHEET: NEBRASKA LEGISLATIVE VOTING RECORD: 2018. GOOD RESOLUTION. LR 1CA: Murante. A constitutional amendment to ask voters in 2018 to add voter ID requirements to the state constitution. ID presented to vote must include a photo or other digital image, up to legislators to define details and exemptions of a required ID. State would provide free IDs to those unable to afford Read more »

NTF ISSUE PAPER: LOBBYING AGAINST TAXPAYERS IN THE LEGISLATURE: 2018

NTF Issue Paper: legwatch161.doc. 5-18. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: LOBBYING AGAINST TAXPAYERS IN THE LEGISLATURE: 2018. BACKGROUND. Numerous lobbyists seek to persuade our state senators to vote a particular way or support or oppose a specific cause. However, pressure from 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 Read more »

NTF ISSUE PAPER: LOBBYING AGAINST TAXPAYERS IN THE LEGISLATURE: 2018

NTF Issue Paper: legwatch161.doc. 5-18. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: LOBBYING AGAINST TAXPAYERS IN THE LEGISLATURE: 2018. BACKGROUND. Numerous lobbyists seek to persuade our state senators to vote a particular way or support or oppose a specific cause. However, pressure from 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 Read more »

NTF ISSUE PAPER: OPPOSING THE 2018 OP$ BOND ISSUE

NTF worksheet: ops3.doc. 4-18. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: RATIONALE FOR OPPOSING THE 2018 OMAHA PUBLIC $CHOOLS BOND ISSUE. BACKGROUND. The Omaha Public School Board voted to place a $410 million bond issue on the May, 2018 primary ballot. After reviewing the financial conduct and history of recent and present OPS boards, the NTF executive committee voted to oppose this bond issue. We found several solid reasons for opposition. Read more »

NTF ISSUE PAPER: PRESIDENT TRUMP FREES AMERICANS FROM OBAMA CARE

NTF Issue Paper: president50.doc. 10-17. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: PRESIDENT TRUMP FREES AMERICANS FROM OBAMA CARE. BACKGROUND. Obama Care is an unnecessary government intrusion into the American healthcare system. Premiums in the Obama Care exchanges may rise by double-digit rates for 2018, affecting about 7% of Americans who languish in the individual Obama Care marketplaces rather than enrolled in employer-based coverage, Read more »

NTF ISSUE PAPER: STOP THE OBAMA RESURGENCE

NTF Issue Paper: president48.doc. 9-17. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: STOP THE OBAMA RESURGENCE. BACKGROUND. For the first time in American history, a president leaving office, to the relief of millions of disgusted Americans, refuses to return to private life gracefully. Pres. Obama, with wife Michelle, immediately after leaving the White House established his reconstituted Organizing for Action (OFA) with a mission to disrupt Read more »

NTF ISSUE PAPER: SUPPORT PRESIDENT TRUMP TO REPEAL DACA

NTF worksheet: president47.doc. 9-17. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM WORKSHEET: SUPPORT PRESIDENT TRUMP TO REPEAL DACA. BACKGROUND. Honoring his campaign pledge, President Trump has repealed the Obama Regime unconstitutional executive order that granted temporary amnesty to illegal alien children. Obama simply circumvented a part of immigration law with which he disagreed, bypassing Congress, thus violating the separation of powers with no Read more »

NTF ISSUE PAPER: PRESIDENT TRUMP CHAMPIONS VETERANS

NTF issue paper: president46.doc. 8-17. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM WORKSHEET: PRESIDENT TRUMP CHAMPIONS VETERANS. BACKGROUND. President Obama and his regime cared little for the plight of veterans who require health care. That administration relegated veterans affairs to a low priority and ignored a series of scandals and the increasing necessity for quality physical and mental health care services for our brave veterans. Inefficiency Read more »

NTF ISSUE PAPER: TRUMP HEALTH CARE WILL BENEFIT NEBRASKANS

President45.doc. 6-17. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: TRUMP HEALTH CARE WILL BENEFIT NEBRASKANS. BACKGROUND. Obama Care based on a unitary approach that placed federal bureaucrats in charge of our health care. This travesty caused higher health care costs and less access to quality health care. Obama Care has driven several health insurance companies out of the marketplace in NE. Obama Care taxes and mandates have harmed job Read more »

NTF ISSUE PAPER: PRESIDENT TRUMP REFORMS IMMIGRATION

NTF Issue Paper: president44.doc. 8-17. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: PRESIDENT TRUMP REFORMS IMMIGRATION. BACKGROUND. President Trump and his conservative allies in Congress are pressing legislation to finally reform our broken immigration system that has transformed the American melting pot into a garbage can, a repository for 3rd World immigrants who cannot support themselves, leech off our welfare system, burden our law enforcement Read more »

NTF ISSUE PAPER: PRESIDENT TRUMP DEALS WITH SANCTUARY CITIES

NTF Issue Paper: president35.doc. 2-17. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: PRESIDENT TRUMP DEALS WITH SANCTUARY CITIES. BACKGROUND. Federal officials rely on state and local law enforcement to identify illegal aliens. The normal process sees police arresting illegals for crimes unrelated to their immigrant status, then charge and book them into jail. In cities across the country, fingerprints taken go to Immigration & Customs Enforcement Read more »

NTF ISSUE PAPER: PRESIDENT TRUMP BRINGS PROSPERITY TO AMERICA & NEBRASKA

NTF Issue Paper: president7.doc. 2-18. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: PRESIDENT TRUMP BRINGS PROSPERITY TO AMERICA & NEBRASKA. BACKGROUND. Since his election, President Trump has brought enormous and continuing economic prosperity to all Americans, particularly with tax relief and regulation reform. Taxpayers in Nebraska continue to benefit from his political successes in Washington, D.C. and should show appreciation by enthusiastically Read more »

NTF ISSUE PAPER: PRESIDENT TRUMP EXITS BOGUS PARIS ACCORDS

NTF Issue paper: president3.doc. 6-17. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: PRESIDENT TRUMP EXITS BOGUS PARIS ACCORDS. BACKGROUND. President Trump has withdrawn the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accords, which took effect in November, 2016, and intelligently pledges to renegotiate this international agreement in a way that protects American jobs, taxpayers, and our economy. If foreign nations refuse to renegotiate a more equitable agreement, Read more »

NTF ISSUE PAPER: SAVINGS PLANS FOR PRIVATE & PAROCHIAL SCHOOLS

NTF Issue Paper: legwatch95.doc. 1-18. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: SAVINGS PLANS FOR PRIVATE & PAROCHIAL SCHOOLS. BACKGROUND. Congress offered Sec. of Education Betsy De Vos, a champion of school choice, a big victory by including in the new federal tax bill a provision to expand the 529 college savings plan to include private and parochial K-12 schools, covering tuition, books, and tutoring. Parents can withdraw up to $10,000 Read more »

NTF ISSUE PAPER: PROTECT CONSERVATIVE NEBRASKA COLLEGE STUDENTS

NTF Issue Paper: legwatch35.doc. 1-18. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: PROTECT CONSERVATIVE NEBRASKA COLLEGE STUDENTS. 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 publicize their conservative political beliefs with fellow students. Not only do radical students intimidate Read more »

NTF ISSUE PAPER: ENDING BENEFITS FOR THE UNDESERVING

NTF Issue Paper: legwatch31.doc. 1-18. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: ENDING BENEFITS FOR THE UNDESERVING. BACKGROUND. Workers who suffer legitimate ailments and injuries deserve legitimate access to unemployment benefits. Employers contribute to this fund annually, and the necessity for increasing funding has caused the spiraling of mandated employer contributions. The NE unemployment compensation system currently is too lax Read more »

NTF ISSUE PAPER: LOBBY FOR THE 50-50 PROPERTY TAX RELIEF BILL

NTF Issue paper: legwatch12.doc. 1-18. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: LOBBY FOR THE 50-50 PROPERTY TAX RELIEF BILL. BACKGROUND. High property taxes in NE are taxing people, especially senior citizens, out of their homes. Farmers and ranchers in the current economy cannot hold onto their land or consider passing landed inheritances from the 1800s to their children. For too long, the Legislature has tinkered with ideas for property Read more »

NTF ISSUE PAPER: CONG. ADRIAN SMITH CHAMPIONS HOME SCHOOLS & SEASONED CITIZENS

NTF Issue Paper: cong11.doc. 1-18. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: CONG. ADRIAN SMITH CHAMPIONS HOME SCHOOLS & SEASONED CITIZENS. BACKGROUND. The recent passage of the new federal tax reform bill now allows taxpayers to use their 529 savings accounts for expenses at private and parochial elementary and secondary schools. However, bill sponsors deleted this privilege for home school parents and their children. As public schools Read more »

NTF ISSUE PAPER: TRANSMISSION LINE TRAVESTY IN NEBRASKA

NTF Issue Paper: legwatch158.doc. 11-17. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: TRANSMISSION LINE TRAVESTY IN NEBRASKA. BACKGROUND. In February, 2012, a federally-approved transmission organization called the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) conducted a study to ensure the power system reliably could handle customer demand in its 9-state region over the next decade. The SPP actually formulates transmission planning for a 14-state region, which Read more »

NTF ISSUE PAPER: NO TAX CREDITS FOR ILLEGAL ALIENS

NTF Issue Paper: illegal72.doc. 6-17. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: NO TAX CREDITS FOR ILLEGAL ALIENS. BACKGROUND. One of the many ways in which illegal aliens sting American taxpayers is through receipt of tax credits. They receive several federal credits by engaging in various criminal activities like stealing Social Security numbers or lying on federal forms but also because of lax federal law and regulation enforcement under Read more »

NYF ISSUE PAPER: CONG. JEFF FORTENBERRY CHAMPIONS HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNTS

NTF Issue Paper: cong140.doc. 8-17. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: CONG. JEFF FORTENBERRY CHAMPIONS HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNTS. BACKGROUND. Health savings accounts (HSAs) rapidly are gaining popularity among fiscal conservatives in Congress and throughout the nation as a popular means to save to pay for medical expenses. As an excellent antidote to Obama Care, working Nebraskans are eager to see an expansion, as these work so well Read more »

NTF ISSUE PAPER: STOP AMNESTY FOR ILLEGAL ALIEN CHILDREN

NTF Issue Paper: cong139.doc. 7-17. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: STOP AMNESTY FOR ILLEGAL ALIEN CHILDREN. BACKGROUND. Liberals inside and outside of Congress are feverishly working together to guarantee permanent amnesty for 752,000 illegal alien children who have flooded over the southern border into our country in recent years or children brought here by illegally immigrating parents. President Obama granted these minors Read more »

NTF ISSUE PAPER: STOP THE BIG BONUSES

Cong138.doc. 7-17. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: STOP THE BIG BONUSES. BACKGROUND. Conservatives have complained for years about federal employees receiving undeserved, generous bonuses. Employees who have received personnel censures and demotions for engaging in unethical or illegal behavior sometimes receive these bonuses. Current law has no restrictions on bestowing bonuses on federal employees, and those having misconduct Read more »

NTF ISSUE PAPER: CONGRESSMAN DON BACON, A CONSTANT CONSERVATIVE HERO TO TAXPAYERS

NTF Issue Paper: cong137.doc. 6-17. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: CONGRESSMAN DON BACON: A CONSTANT CONSERVATIVE HERO TO TAXPAYERS. BACKGROUND. Congressman Don Bacon, 2nd District NE, in the few months he has served as a representative in Washington, D.C., has proved himself a constant hero to taxpayers and veterans. His steady stellar record in House votes deserves wide publicity and acclaim. His Spring votes clearly demonstrate Read more »

NTF ISSUE PAPER: SEN. DEB FISCHER BUILDS USA

NTF Issue Paper: cong42.doc. 6-17. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: SEN. DEB FISCHER BUILDS USA. BACKGROUND. NE Sen. Deb Fischer, as chairman of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Transportation, has introduced S. 271, a bill to fund new infrastructure projects across the U.S., including highways and airports. Known as the Build USA Infrastructure Act, it would handle future infrastructure funding shortfalls because of less revenue Read more »

NTF ISSUE PAPER: PRESIDENT TRUMP FREES AMERICANS FROM OBAMA CARE

NTF Issue Paper: president50.doc. 10-17. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: PRESIDENT TRUMP FREES AMERICANS FROM OBAMA CARE. BACKGROUND. Obama Care is an unnecessary government intrusion into the American healthcare system. Premiums in the Obama Care exchanges may rise by double-digit rates for 2018, affecting about 7% of Americans who languish in the individual Obama Care marketplaces rather than enrolled in employer-based coverage, Read more »

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: ROGUE LOCAL GOVERNMENTS ATTEMPT TO MUZZLE TAXPAYER GROUPS

Edmon43.doc. 9-17. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: ROGUE LOCAL GOVERNMENTS ATTEMPT TO MUZZLE TAXPAYER GROUPS. BACKGROUND. Occasionally, our NE Taxpayers for Freedom group makes an open records or open meetings information request of local government subdivisions, like school districts or counties. One example, our request with 7 questions to local taxing authorities regarding their utilization of lobbyists. Usually, these councils 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 ISSUE PAPER: LEGISLATURE MUST ENSURE FREE SPEECH ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES

NTF Issue Paper: edmonII.11.doc. 9-17. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: LEGISLATURE MUST ENSURE FREE SPEECH ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES. BACKGROUND. The University of Nebraska Administration clearly is not planning to safeguard free speech 1st Amendment rights on Nebraska college campuses. Top administrators refuse to discipline in any way faculty members who bully and harass conservative college students or who degrade and downgrade students Read more »

NTF ISSUE PAPER: HALT THE LEFTIST DOMINATION ON NEBRASKA CAMPUSES

NTF issue paper: EdmonII.10.doc. 9-17. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: HALT THE LEFTIST DOMINATION ON NEBRASKA HIGHER EDUCATION CAMPUSES. BACKGROUND. Like too many other college campuses, for too long, Nebraska university and college campuses have percolated as leftist indoctrination centers for our youth. Although liberal college administrators and faculty deny this fact or disclaim knowledge of leftist bias, flagrant examples 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 WORKSHEET: SUPPORT PRESIDENT TRUMP TO REPEAL DACA

NTF worksheet: president47.doc. 9-17. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM WORKSHEET: SUPPORT PRESIDENT TRUMP TO REPEAL DACA. BACKGROUND. Honoring his campaign pledge, President Trump has repealed the Obama Regime unconstitutional executive order that granted temporary amnesty to illegal alien children. Obama simply circumvented a part of immigration law with which he disagreed, bypassing Congress, thus violating the separation of powers with no Read more »

NTF WORKSHEET: PRESIDENT TRUMP CHAMPIONS VETERANS

NTF issue paper: president46.doc. 8-17. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM WORKSHEET: PRESIDENT TRUMP CHAMPIONS VETERANS. BACKGROUND. President Obama and his regime cared little for the plight of veterans who require health care. That administration relegated veterans affairs to a low priority and ignored a series of scandals and the increasing necessity for quality physical and mental health care services for our brave veterans. Inefficiency Read more »

NTF ISSUE PAPER: PROPERTY VALUATION RELIEF PLAN

NTF Issue Paper: Taxplan.1 doc. 3-17. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: PROPERTY VALUATION RELIEF PLAN. BACKGROUND. Valuations of residential and commercial property spiral upwards because of laws passed by the legislature and rules and regulations promulgated by the NE Dept. of Revenue. County assessors must abide by these decrees or face criminal penalties. Moreover, several factors in the formula to determine valuation appear Read more »

LEARNING COMMUNITY BLOATED BUDGET FY 2017-2018

NTF worksheet: learningcommunity11.doc. 8-17. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM WORKSHEET: LEARNING COMMUNITY BLOATED BUDGET FY 2017-2018. BACKGROUND. The Learning Community of Douglas & Sarpy Counties (LC) historically has passed bloated budgets that spend tax dollars recklessly on programs of questionable value with no benchmarks, quality control, or assessments to determine if such programs successfully enhance academic achievement. This sorry Read more »

NTF ISSUE PAPER: STOP THE BIG BONUSES

Cong138.doc. 7-17. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: STOP THE BIG BONUSES. BACKGROUND. Conservatives have complained for years about federal employees receiving undeserved, generous bonuses. Employees who have received personnel censures and demotions for engaging in unethical or illegal behavior sometimes receive these bonuses. Current law has no restrictions on bestowing bonuses on federal employees, and those having misconduct Read more »

NTF ISSUE PAPER: ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION BILLS IN CONGRESS: 2017

NTF Issue paper: illegal17.doc. 3-17. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION BILLS IN CONGRESS: 2017. GOOD HOUSE BILLS. HR 80: Babin (Tx.). To prohibit admission of alien refugees into the U.S., unless Congress passes a joint resolution giving the Department of Homeland Security authority to resume admitting them. The Government Accountability Office must report on the national security impact of refugee admissions Read more »

NTF ISSUE PAPER: WHEN MUSLIM REFUGEES ARRIVE IN NEBRASKA

NTF Issue Paper: refugees11.doc. 11-16. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: WHEN MUSLIM REFUGEES ARRIVE IN NEBRASKA. BACKGROUND. Look to European nations flooded with Muslim refugees to see what will happen in Nebraska, if we allow these refugees to flood our state. European welfare, medical, judicial, and law enforcement systems overwhelmed; a preview for the U.S. Muslim refugees refusing to assimilate but insisting that Europeans Read more »

NTF ISSUE PAPER: LOBBY TO PASS "SARAH'S LAW"

NTF Issue Paper: cong125.doc. 2-17 NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: LOBBY TO PASS "SARAH'S LAW." BACKGROUND. Nebraska Congressmen Don Bacon, Jeff Fortenberry, and Adrian Smith all signed on as co-sponsors of HR 300, also known as "Sarah's Law." A bill named for 21-year old honors college graduate Sarah Root, killed in January, 2016 by a drunken Honduran illegal alien, Eswin Mejia. He already had earned several traffic citations Read more »

NTF ISSUE PAPER: E-VERIFY IS GOOD FOR NEBRASKA BUSINESS

NTF Issue Paper: illegal100.doc. 2-17. 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 »

NTF TESTIMONY BEFORE JUDICIARY COMMITEE ON LB 165

NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM TESTIMONY BEFORE JUDICIARY COMMITEE ON LB 165, FEB. 22, 2017. Illegal106.doc. 2-17. Good afternoon. My name is Doug Kagan, and I represent Nebraska Taxpayers for Freedom. We support LB 165 for many reasons. We are pro-jobs, not anti-immigrant. Recognizing that congressional legislation eventually will make use of E-Verify mandatory in all states, many employers already use this system voluntarily to become Read more »

NTF ISSUE PAPER: HR 80 WILL STOP UNVETTED MUSLIM REFUGEES

NTF Issue Paper: cong136.doc. 5-17. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: HR 80 WILL STOP UNVETTED MUSLIM REFUGEES. BACKGROUND. Conservative Rep. Brian Babin (TX.) has introduced HR 80, the refugee resettlement accountability national security act of 2017. His rationale is that the refugee resettlement program in the U.S., managed by the UN, poses a dangerous threat to the safety and security of American citizens. The terrorist ISIS Read more »

NTF WORKSHEET: STOP THE NEW STATE SCIENCE EDUCATION STANDARDS

NTF worksheet: stateboardofed10.doc. 5-17. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM WORKSHEET: STOP THE NEW STATE SCIENCE EDUCATION STANDARDS. BACKGROUND. The State Board of Education this fall will vote on new science standards for NE K-12 public schools. The proposed Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are inferior and slanted to the Left. Unfortunately adopted by 14 other states, these standards, like Common Core, impose on states from the national Read more »

NTF WORKSHEET: OMAHA MAYOR STOTHERT ON CITY ISSUES

NTF worksheet: stothertj21.doc. 5-17. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM WORKSHEET: OMAHA MAYOR STOTHERT ON CITY ISSUES. BACKGROUND. During the 2017 Omaha mayoral race, Mayor Jean Stothert, running for re-election, expounded on several key issues facing Omaha citizens. During the next 4 years of her second term, these crucial issues will require input from taxpaying citizens. Our conservative mayor will need and deserves taxpayer support on these Read more »

NTF WORKSHEET: READ, WATCH, AND LISTEN TO MEDIA THAT SUPPORT THE PRESIDENT

NTF worksheet: president42.doc. 5-17. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM WORKSHEET: READ, WATCH, AND LISTEN TO MEDIA THAT SUPPORT THE PRESIDENT. BACKGROUND. The liberal and leftwing media enjoy a blood sport of churning out fake news to disrupt and sabotage the Trump Agenda and turn the American people, including conservatives, against our President. This coordinated smear campaign acts from insidious motives, and we must anticipate worse to come. 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 »

TIPS FOR CHALLENGING YOUR HOME VALUATION INCREASE

TIPS FOR CHALLENGING YOUR HOME VALUATION INCREASE Valuation11.doc. 1-17. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM WORKSHEET: TIPS FOR CHALLENGING YOUR HOME VALUATION INCREASE. Step 1: Between January 17, 2017 and February 10, 2017, call 402-444-6734 to schedule an informal meeting with a personal appraiser through the Douglas County Assessor. The office schedules appointments on a first call first served basis. You also may mail, email, or drop off 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: PRESIDENT TRUMP CUTS REGULATIONS

NTF Issue Paper: president38.doc. 2-17. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: PRESIDENT TRUMP CUTS REGULATIONS. BACKGROUND. Strangling regulations imposed by the Obama Regime have crippled large and small businesses. Agency rules and regulations surged during 2016, helping to create a Federal Register 20% larger than the prior record. 8 years of Obama bureaucrat rulemaking added almost 18,000 pages to the Federal Register. Burdensome Read more »

NTF ISSUE PAPER: PRESIDENT TRUMP DEALS WITH SANCTUARY CITIES

NTF Issue Paper: president35.doc. 2-17. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: PRESIDENT TRUMP DEALS WITH SANCTUARY CITIES. BACKGROUND. Federal officials rely on state and local law enforcement to identify illegal aliens. The normal process sees police arresting illegals for crimes unrelated to their immigrant status, then charge and book them into jail. In cities across the country, fingerprints taken go to Immigration & Customs Enforcement Read more »

NTF ISSUE PAPER: WHEN MUSLIM REFUGEES ARRIVE IN NEBRASKA

NTF Issue Paper: refugees11.doc. 11-16. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: WHEN MUSLIM REFUGEES ARRIVE IN NEBRASKA. BACKGROUND. Look to European nations flooded with Muslim refugees to see what will happen in Nebraska, if we allow these refugees to flood our state. European welfare, medical, judicial, and law enforcement systems overwhelmed; a preview for the U.S. Muslim refugees refusing to assimilate but insisting that Europeans 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: REFORM TAX STATUS FOR NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

Douglascounty142.doc. 10-16. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: REFORM TAX STATUS FOR NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS. BACKGROUND. Nonprofit organizations constitute one of the ­fastest-growing sectors of our economy, expanding even during recessions. Some are small operations, but others enjoy huge endowments, prime real estate, luxurious facilities, and lobbyists who pack public hearings to pressure local politicians. Nonprofits add many Read more »

NTF ISSUE PAPER: ALTERNATIVE TEACHER CERTIFICATION

Edmon38.doc. 10-16. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: ALTERNATIVE TEACHER CERTIFICATION. BACKGROUND. 48 states and the District of Columbia offer alternative teacher certifications.  In specific areas like math and science, there exist shortages of available NE certified teachers. Because of the strict teacher certification process in Nebraska and other states, professionals with excellent credentials in fields such as biochemistry 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 »

NTF WORKSHEET: LET THE SUN SHINE IN

NTF worksheet: sunshine1.doc. 7-16. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM WORKSHEET: LET THE SUN SHINE IN. BACKGROUND. One political pundit accurately noted that sunshine is the best disinfectant. Many government subdivisions need a strong dose of disinfectant. They make it very difficult, either purposely or unintentionally, for the taxpaying public to make itself heard in the quest to reform government taxing, spending, and regulation. Now, all Read more »

NTF ISSUE PAPER: SEN. SASSE BOLSTERS GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY

NTF Issue paper: cong131.doc. 7-16. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: SEN. SASSE BOLSTERS GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY. BACKGROUND. The General Accounting Office (GAO) of the federal government has the duty to oversee and monitor federal departments and agencies to determine if they complete their stated missions and carry out management in a professional manner. Unfortunately, some of these entities purposely and willfully secrete materials Read more »

NTF WHITE PAPER: ANALYSIS OF DOUGLAS COUNTY FY 2016-2017 BUDGET

Douglascounty124.doc. 7-16. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM WHITE PAPER: OUR ANALYSIS OF THE DOUGLAS COUNTY FY 2016-2017 BUDGET. ************************************************************************** We thank Douglas County Commissioners, other elected county officials, department heads, and staff who provided us with information during the several budget committee hearings. The citizens of Douglas County are fortunate to have a county Read more »

NTF ISSUE PAPER: FINANCIAL CHOICE FOR NEBRASKANS

NTF Issue Paper: cong97.doc. 6-16. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: FINANCIAL CHOICE FOR NEBRASKANS. BACKGROUND. Conservative Cong. Jeb Hensarling (TX) is sponsoring his Financial Choice Act, HR 1266, to replace the liberal business-crippling Dodd-Frank Act. He is the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee. Tight regulatory restrictions on financial services blossomed each year between 1999 and 2008, making financial Read more »

NTF ISSUE PAPER: FREE MARKET HEALTH CARE

NTF Issue paper: cong96.doc. 6-16. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: FREE MARKET HEALTH CARE. BACKGROUND. Obama Care is a pain for providers and consumers, overseen by government wardens who ensure desirable behavior with subsidy carrots and mandate sticks.  The Republican-controlled Congress so far has failed to repeal Obama Care, which has devastated our health care systems and caused skyrocketing insurance premium rate hikes 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 »

PROFILES IN BAD GOVERNMENT: Douglas County Commissioner Clare Duda, District 7

PROFILES IN BAD GOVERNMENT: A SERIES FROM NE TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM. Profile #4: Douglas County Commissioner Clare Duda, District 7. Budget Cuts: 6-11-13: Voted against cutting thousands from the County Attorney budget. Other GOP commissioners voted to cut. 6-11-13: Voted against cutting thousands from the Public Defender budget. Other GOP commissioners voted to cut. 6-11-13: Voted against cutting thousands from the County Court probation Read more »

PROFILES IN BAD GOVERNMENT: Douglas County Commissioner Marc Kraft, District 5

PROFILES IN BAD GOVERNMENT: A SERIES FROM NE TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM. Profile #3: Douglas County Commissioner Marc Kraft District 5. Budget Votes. 6-11-13: Voted against cutting thousands from the County Attorney budget. 6-11-13: Voted against trimming thousands from the Public Defender budget. 6-11-13: Voted against trimming thousands from the County Court Probation budget. 6-11-13: Voted against trimming thousands from the Juvenile Read more »

STATE OF THE CITY HIGHLIGHTS FROM MAYOR JEAN STOTHERT

Stothertj11.doc. 2-16. HIGHLIGHTS OF STATE OF THE CITY MESSAGE FROM MAYOR JEAN STOTHERT: FEB. 26, 2016 by NE Taxpayers for Freedom. Omaha is the #1 place to work in technology in the Midwest. Unemployment rate in city only 2%. Public safety is her highest priority. 3-year plan beginning in 2013 will increase police force from 804 to 851. Police experts in each crime category now. Police work with feds to target gangs, illegal guns, and Read more »

NEBRASKA CHARTER SCHOOLS MEAN SMARTER KIDS

NTF Issue Paper: charterschools3.doc. 1-16. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: NEBRASKA CHARTER SCHOOLS MEAN SMARTER KIDS. Our endorsement of public charter schools bases on the belief that every student should have the privilege and opportunity to achieve at the highest level possible. Contrary to teacher union critics, public charter schools are open to all children, regardless of race, religion, or socio-economic status, do not 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 »

NTF SPEECH TO DOUGLAS CO. COMMISSIONERS ON PAY RAISES

Douglascounty17.doc. 1-16. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM SPEECH TO DOUGLAS COUNTY COMMISSIONERS ON PAY RAISES, 1-12-16. Good morning. My name is Doug Kagan, 416 South 130 Street, and I represent NE Taxpayers for Freedom. Our organization supports the resolution to rescind the December pay raises of 31% over 2 years, voted on by the board, and supports the resolution sponsored by Commissioners Boyle and Morgan to set the pay increases instead Read more »

FISCAL & LEGAL FACT SHEET ON MUSLIM IMMIGRATION

NTF worksheet: illegal144.doc. 11-15. FISCAL & LEGAL FACT SHEET ON MUSLIM IMMIGRATION: * The U.S. State Dept. does not notify local communities or states selected as locations for Muslim refugees. * Local government subdivisions like cities and schools are responsible for providing paid interpreters. * Within 30 days after arrival, Muslim refugees will become eligible for the following welfare and refugee assistance services: Medicaid, child Read more »

FISCAL & LEGAL FACT SHEET ON MUSLIM IMMIGRATION

NTF worksheet: illegal144.doc. 11-15. FISCAL & LEGAL FACT SHEET ON MUSLIM IMMIGRATION: * The U.S. State Dept. does not notify local communities or states selected as locations for Muslim refugees. * Local government subdivisions like cities and schools are responsible for providing paid interpreters. * Within 30 days after arrival, Muslim refugees will become eligible for the following welfare and refugee assistance services: Medicaid, child Read more »

URGE OMAHA COUNCIL TO OPPOSE MUSLIM RESETTLEMENT

Dear city council member/ county commissioner/ Mayor: The decision by the Obama Administration to allow thousands of Muslim refugees into the U.S., 10,000 from Syria, has seen state and local elected officials questioning what they can do to stop the adverse impact of refugee resettlement in their communities. Though only the federal government can decide who can immigrate as a refugee, federal law requires cooperation among federal, state, Read more »

STOP THE INFLUX OF MUSLIM REFUGEES

NTF Issue Paper: legwatch138.doc. 10-15. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: PROTECT NEBRASKA NOW: STOP THE INFLUX OF MUSLIM REFUGEES. BACKGROUND. The U.S. accepts over twice the number of refugees as all other industrialized nations. We settled almost 70,000 refugees from the Mideast in 2014 and continue to accept about 1,000 monthly. The number of Syrian and other Muslim refugees will surge in the next few years, and the Obama Regime 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 »

CONSERVATIVE LEADERSHIP NEEDED IN HOUSE OF REPS

NTF worksheet: cong128.doc. 10-15. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM WORKSHEET: CONSERVATIVE LEADERSHIP NEEDED IN HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. BACKGROUND. Conservatives nationwide cheered at the resignation of John Boehner as Speaker of the House. During his too long tenure, he stopped or delayed conservative legislation from deserved votes on the House floor and retaliated against conservative congressmen who pressed a conservative agenda and/or 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 »

NTF NOTES ON DOUGLAS COUNTY STRATEGIC BUDGET

NTF worksheet: douglascounty138.doc. 9-15. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM NOTES ON DOUGLAS COUNTY STRATEGIC BUDGET MEETING: SEPT. 24, 2015. GENERAL. Douglas County Commissioners actively seek public input on budgeting, though most people do not understand county functions. RELATIONS WITH STATE. The State continually imposes unfunded mandates on counties. County will ask the State to pay for increased costs stemming from LB 605, which Read more »

WINNERS OF THE 2015 ROTTEN APPLE AWARD

Awarded by NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM to the following Papio-Mo. River Natural Resources Board members who we believe voted to fund unneeded dams, raise our property taxes by 22% in 2015, fund unneeded bonds in their budget that have raised and will raise our property taxes, acquiesced in violation of the open meetings law, sold surplus property at below market value, and censured a fellow board member for exposing NRD creative accounting and Read more »

EPA OZONE RULES STRANGLE NEBRASKA ECONOMY

NTF Issue Paper: cong127.doc. 9-15. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: EPA OZONE RULES STRANGLE OUR NEBRASKA ECONOMY. BACKGROUND. The Obama Regime submitted the final version of its clean energy plan which seeks to regulate the amount of carbon dioxide emissions from current and future power plants. These new actions represent the first time the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has attempted to regulate carbon dioxide emissions. Read more »

ILLEGAL ALIEN CHILDREN OVERWHELM OUR SCHOOLS

NTF issue paper: illegal140.doc. 9-15. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM WORKSHEET: ILLEGAL ALIEN CHILDREN OVERWHELM OUR SCHOOLS. BACKGROUND. Illegal alien children benefiting from free education are overwhelming NE public school systems, requiring huge, new expenditures paid for by property owners. School districts must hire additional English as a Second Language and special education teachers, build new schools, add classroom space, and purchase Read more »

THEY COME TO AMERICA III: A DENNIS MICHAEL LYNCH FILM

NTF issue paper: illegal139.doc. 9-15. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: THEY COME TO AMERICA III: A DENNIS MICHAEL LYNCH FILM. The following notes are from the above film about how illegal immigration harms America and Americans. Contact NE Taxpayers for Freedom to see this startling movie on DVD. Illegal aliens remitted $21 billion to Mexico in 2014, money not going into our economy. $71 billion remitted to all foreign countries. Read more »

STOP FUNDING SANCTUARY CITIES FOR ILLEGAL ALIENS

NTF Issue paper: Illegal132 doc. 7-15. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: STOP FUNDING SANCTUARY CITIES FOR ILLEGAL ALIENS. BACKGROUND. Conservative Rep. Trey Gowdy (S.C.) has introduced HR 1148, in honor of deputy sheriffs Michael Davis and Danny Oliver, law officers gunned down by an illegal alien in Sacramento, CA. in 2014. Authorities had deported the killer twice, and he assumed 2 different identities before embarking on his Read more »

STOP TAX CREDITS FOR ILLEGAL ALIENS

NTF worksheet: illegal127.doc. 3-15. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM WORKSHEET: STOP TAX CREDITS FOR ILLEGAL ALIENS. BACKGROUND. A federal income tax loophole now allows illegal aliens working here illegally to siphon off $1.7 billion every 10 years in earned income tax benefits. Conservative Sen. Chuck Grassley (IA.), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has introduced a bill ( # not assigned) to stop this draining of taxpayer $$. Read more »

LICENSED FRAUD: NO DRIVERS LICENSES FOR ILLEGAL ALIENS

NTF Issue Paper: Illegal42.1doc. 3-15. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: LICENSED FRAUD: NO DRIVERS LICENSES FOR ILLEGAL ALIENS. BACKGROUND. Several years ago, State Sen. Ray Aguilar (Grand Island) introduced LB 266 into the Unicameral, a proposal to issue driving permits to illegal aliens, supposedly to alleviate the problem of uninsured drivers. State senators soundly defeated his bill. Now, State Sen. Jeremy Nordquist, with LB Read more »

MAYOR'S BUDGET SETS GROUNDWORK FOR "STEADY FINANCIAL FOUNDATION"

Omaha City Council Approves Annexation, Talks Budget with Public By Ryan Robertson, KVNO News August 12th, 2015 The Council recessed for several hours, meeting again at 7pm to hear from the public concerning the Mayor’s proposed 2016 budget. Vicki Pratt spoke in favor of demolishing more condemned buildings. She told Council members it’s about more than clearing eyesores. “It’s also a safety issue in the neighborhood. A lot of the Read more »

NTF DISCLOSES OPS $8 MIL. OVER BUDGET

WOWT-TV. 7-20-15. A taxpayer advocacy group accused the Omaha Public School district of spending nearly $8 million over its 2014 budget at Monday's board meeting. Doug Kagan with Nebraska Taxpayers for Freedom scolded the board for showing what he calls "poor math skills" with line item spending. He said the cost overrun of 15 projects shows poor management in the design and construction bidding process. "Taxpayers deserve and demand Read more »

OPS OVERRUNS BOND ISSUE COSTS

KETV CHANNEL 7. 7-20-15. OMAHA, Neb. —There was tough talk over tax dollars Monday night and how Omaha Public Schools spends them. Voters approved a $421 million bond to build and renovate OPS. Now that OPS has taxpayers' money, there's concern with the way it's spent. "Whoever budgeted the original amounts for these line item expenditures did not do their public school math very well," said Doug Kagan, of Nebraska Taxpayers for Freedom. Read more »

STOP RESETTLEMENT OF REFUGEE HORDES

NTF Issue Paper: cong126.doc. 8-15. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: STOP THE RESETTLEMENT OF REFUGEE HORDES. BACKGROUND. The U.S. welcomes more than twice as many refugees as the rest of the industrialized world combined. The Obama Regime is escalating the U.S. refugee resettlement program so rapidly that it poses both economic and national security threats. The regime White House Task Force on New Americans is making a concerted Read more »

SPEECH TO NTF BY SUSAN TULLY, F.A.I.R.

SPEECH TO NTF BY SUSAN TULLY, FEDERATION FOR AMERICAN IMMIGRATION REFORM: 6-10-15 & 6-11-15. Illegal128.doc. 6-15. Introduction. U.S. immigration system is not broken, only overwhelmed. Immigration is driving our population growth. Because of uncontrolled immigration, U.S. population is growing at a greater rate than in Red China. If no reform, U.S. population will reach 1 billion in 100 years, depleting our natural resources. We will Read more »

REPEAL THE FEDERAL ESTATE TAX

Cong122.doc. 4-15. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: REPEAL THE FEDERAL ESTATE TAX. BACKGROUND. Conservatives and conservative congressmen have fought long and hard to repeal the federal estate tax, commonly called the death tax. Congress enacted this tax 3 times to pay for wars and then speedily repealed it but reinstated it in 1916 to help fund WWI as a temporary tax. A 1-yr. repeal occurred in 2010, the tax roaring back in 2011. Read more »

RESTORE OUR CONSTITUTION JULY 3rd RALLY

The Nebraska Taxpayers for Freedom celebrated independence with family, relatives and friends at its July 3 Independence Day Rally at the Walnut Grove Park @ 150th & Q Street Omaha, Nebraska from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Patriotic music, door prizes, free food and drinks, and a great group of patriotic people highlighted the event. It was an opportunity to put questions to some of our elected officials. Guest Speakers Included: Senator Ben Sasse 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 »

STOP CITIZENSHIP FOR ILLEGAL ANCHOR BABIES

NTF worksheet: illegal126.doc. 3-15. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM WORKSHEET: STOP AUTOMATIC CITIZENSHIP FOR ILLEGAL ALIEN ANCHOR BABIES. BACKGROUND. We are a nation of immigrants, but we also are a nation of lawful citizens. Currently, if an illegal alien gives birth on U.S. soil, the child automatically is a U.S. citizen. When such child reaches age 21, he/she can sponsor family members and relatives for legal permanent residency status Read more »

AGENDA 21 HEARTLAND 2050 VISION SPEECH

NTF worksheet: ccwatch58.doc. 3-15. NTF SPEECH TO MOPOA ON AGENDA 21 HEARTLAND 2050 VISION: March 9, 2015. Agenda 21 seeks to impose unelected regional government on local government subdivisions. Doing it here via MAPA: define. Heartland 2050 vision. Office of Sustainability. Micromanages a community like Omaha. Coerces human behavior, government knows best. Groups supporting it are ideological, like Omaha By Design, or who Read more »

NTF SPEECH ON HEARTLAND 2050 VISION

Douglascounty16.doc. 3-15. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM SPEECH TO DOUGLAS COUNTY BOARD ON HEARTLAND 2050 VISION. Good morning. My name is Doug Kagan, and I represent NE Taxpayers for Freedom. Our group vehemently opposes the Douglas County Board participating in the Heartland 2050 Vision. If implemented, this proposal would impose regional unelected government dictates over local governments elected by voters. A water resources coordinating Read more »

NTF Testifies For Charter Schools

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_e6SWJGmx0 Gwen Aspen from our NTF Education Watch Project testifies in favor of LB-616, a Charter Schools Bill. After her comments, view haranguing from Sen. Tanya Cook. Read more »

NE CONGRESSIONAL CONTACT INFO

Congressman Don Bacon House of Representatives 1516 Longworth Bldg. Washington, D.C. 20515 202-225-4155 Fax:202-226-5452 Website: https://bacon.house.gov OMAHA 13906 Gold Circle Omaha, NE 68144 402-938-0300 Congressman Jeff Fortenberry House of Representatives 1514 Longworth Bldg. Washington, D.C. 20515 202-225-4806 Fax:202-225-5686 Website: https://fortenberry.house.gov LINCOLN 301 South 13 Read more »

KEEP INTERNET FREE OF REGS AND TAXES

NTF issue paper: telecom11.doc. 2-15. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: KEEP THE INTERNET FREE OF REGULATIONS AND NEW TAXES. BACKGROUND. The Obama head of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced a worrisome plan to subject Internet service to the same regulatory rules as phone service. Liberals want to classify the Internet as a public utility, thereby giving the federal government authority to closely regulate it. New Read more »

END CONGRESSIONAL PENSIONS

NTF issue paper: cong67.doc. 1-15. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: END CONGRESSIONAL PENSIONS. BACKGROUND. Conservative Cong. Ron DeSantis (Fla.) has introduced HR 584, the End Pensions in Congress Act. This legislation would end pensions for all future congressmen and those presently serving but not yet vested in the congressional retirement plan. DeSantis himself refused a pension when assuming office. He is a founding member Read more »

NTF Grass Roots Workshop

Nebraska Taxpayers for Freedom will sponsor a free grass roots workshop on Thu. Feb. 19, from 6 PM to 8 PM at Swanson Library, 90th & Dodge Streets, Omaha. Topics will include Email Etiquette and Editing when Contacting Public Officials, How to Use Twitter to Gain Support for an Issue, and How to Use Websites to Boost Your Effort. Refreshments will be served. RSVP not required but appreciated in order to have sufficient materials available. Call Read more »

NE TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM TESTIMONY ON LB 111

NTF worksheet: illegal87.doc. 1-15. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM TESTIMONY ON LB 111: Jan. 23, 2015. Good afternoon. My name is Doug Kagan, and I represent NE Taxpayers for Freedom. We support LB 111, even though there is no accurate calculation of how many illegal aliens currently vote in Nebraska. We regard LB 111 as a preventive measure to stop non-citizens from illegally voting in our elections, something like a vaccination to prevent Read more »

2015 VOTER ID BILL IN NE LEGISLATURE

NTF worksheet: Illegal34.doc. 1-15. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM WORKSHEET: 2015 VOTER ID BILL IN THE LEGISLATURE. BACKGROUND. Conservative State Sen. Tyson Larson (O'Neill) has introduced LB 111, to require voters to show government-issued photo ID at the polls. Bill co-sponsors are conservative Sens. Brasch, Ebke, Kintner, and Schilz. The state would provide free ID cards to the indigent. The bill, now assigned to the Government and Read more »

Katie Kieffer Autographs Book at NTF Meeting

Katie Kieffer, author of Let Me Be Clear, autographed her book at the November NTF meeting. 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 »

LEARNING COMMUNITY FAILURE A SOCIALIST BURDEN ON TAXPAYERS

NTF Issue paper: Learningcommunity4.doc. 11-14. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: LEARNING COMMUNITY FAILURE A SOCIALIST BURDEN ON TAXPAYERS. BACKGROUND. Liberal educrats offer a standard answer to academic failure: raise taxes, increase spending, and create additional bureaucracy. Douglas and Sarpy County property taxpayers years ago received a rude awakening on their tax bills when viewing a new line item, the Learning Community Read more »

Kagan Comments on Land Bank Possibilities

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Kagan on OPS Bond Issue

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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 »

FINALLY CUTTING COSTS AT DOUGLAS CO. HEALTH

NTF Issue Paper: douglascounty133.doc. 8-14. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: FINALLY CUTTING COSTS AT THE DOUGLAS COUNTY HEALTH CENTER. BACKGROUND. Douglas County board hired a consulting firm to analyze the county health center and suggest ideas for streamlining and lowering costs of provided services. The center loses over $1 million per month currently. NTF has prompted county commissioners for over a year to accept and utilize Read more »

OMAHA LAND BANK A POOR ALTERNATIVE

NTF Issue Paper: ccwatch128.doc. 7-14. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: OMAHA LAND BANK A POOR ALTERNATIVE. BACKGROUND. The 2014 Legislature passed a bill to allow the City of Omaha to establish a municipal land bank with a board of directors. Liberals sought this legislation as a solution to disintegrating housing in the city. A City Council majority vote must amend an ordinance to create this new body. Although land banks might 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 »

LAND BANKS WRONG SOLUTION FOR URBAN BLIGHT

NTF Issue Paper: ccwatch127.doc. 6-14. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: LAND BANKS WRONG SOLUTION FOR URBAN BLIGHT. BACKGROUND. Over 770 houses remain on the City of Omaha demolition list, a mere fraction of over 3,600 sites labeled unfit or unsafe. Our NTF issue paper on Urban Homesteading explains why urban homesteading is the best solution to restore and redevelop deteriorating neighborhoods, restore properties to the tax rolls, Read more »

URBAN HOMESTEADING IN NEBRASKA

NTF Issue paper: ccwatch25.doc. 6-14. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: URBAN HOMESTEADING IN NEBRASKA. THE PROBLEM. Vacant and blighted houses negatively impact their neighborhoods in many ways. The property tax base erodes from lower values of deteriorated buildings or vacant lots where demolished homes once stood. Slums depress surrounding property values. Slumlords ignore back taxes, leaving additional abandoned properties Read more »

Common Core Problems

NTF Issue Paper: commoncore1.doc. 6-14. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: COMMON CORE IS OBAMACORE, ROTTEN TO ITS CORE. BACKGROUND. Conservatives legitimately are alarmed about the Obama Administration's Common Core curriculum pressed onto our public schools. The regime heavily pushes this curricula through its $4.35 billion 2009 Race to the Top education grant competition bribery. Many states have embraced Common Core 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 »

OBAMA PRESIDENTIAL RULE BY EDICT

NTF issue paper: president18.doc. 4-14. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: OBAMA PRESIDENTIAL RULE BY EDICT. BACKGROUND. "I have got a pen and I have got a phone, and I can use that pen to sign executive orders," boasted President Obama recently. Decrying that Congress refuses to promote his socialist agenda, he is acting alone as a dictator by issuing an unprecedented number of executive orders, thus bypassing Congress and thwarting Read more »

LB 1058 Weakens NE Influence in Presidential Elections

NTF worksheet: legwatch 125.doc. 3-14. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM WORKSHEET: STOP THE NATIONAL POPULAR VOTE BILL (LB 1058) IN THE LEGISLATURE. BACKGROUND. Certainly no Nebraska voter would want California or New York to select our next President despite our wishes. However, the National Popular Vote (NPV) compact would force state electors to pledge to cast their votes for the presidential candidate receiving the most votes nationwide, 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 »

RAISING THE MINIMUM WAGE A BAD IDEA

NTF Issue Paper: cong113.doc.  1-14. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: RAISING THE MINIMUM WAGE A BAD IDEA. BACKGROUND.  Leftist Sen. Tom Harkin (IA.) in his S. 460 bill proposes to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 from $7.25 per hour, the wage since 2009.  The Democrat Party platform supports this or a similar plan, considering it a signature issue.  And the Obama Regime wants the new wage indexed for inflation. PRIOR HISTORY.   Read more »

HEALTHCARE MASH?

Remember the Monster Mash?  If you thought that was scary, the technical problems with the ObamaCare website are just the tip of the iceberg: Read more »

NATURAL RESOURCE BOARDS ATTACK LANDOWNERS

Do Natural Resource Districts Covet Your Land? Since when does government know how to run your business? This is a question I find myself asking in the wake of the state Natural Resource Districts’ most recent attempt to stick it to farmers and landowners by proposing a statutory change to a law that has served us well over the last 28 years. While you are obviously familiar by now with some of the more underhanded actions taken by the Papio-Missouri Read more »

REFORM PUBLIC SECTOR WAGES & BENEFITS

NTF Issue Paper: ccwatch133.doc. 10-13. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: REFORM PUBLIC SECTOR UNION WAGES AND BENEFITS.  BACKGROUND.  The cost to taxpayers from public sector wages and benefits, which in Nebraska and other states greatly exceeds what comparable employees earn in the private sector, combined with billions in unfunded pension liabilities for retirees, threaten city budgets.  This burden will expand exponentially in Read more »

REFORM CITY OF OMAHA PENSION SYSTEM

NTF Issue paper: ccwatch134.doc.  10-13. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: REFORM THE CITY OF OMAHA PENSION SYSTEM.  BACKGROUND.  Omaha like many other cities has underfunded public sector pensions.  City union employees enjoy retirement benefits several times higher than those of comparable private company employees, placing great strain on our city budget.  Without substantial reform, city pensions will terminate by default. Read more »

STOP DOUGLAS COUNTY TAX HIKE

A majority of Douglas County Commissioners stand poised to raise our county property taxes next fiscal year, unless taxpayers can convince them to make additional budget cuts.  See our NTF recommendations below for immediate budget cuts and then use this information to lobby your county commissioner to vote for additional cuts and against a tax increase. District   1 Mike Boyle   mboyle@douglascounty-ne.gov District   2 James Read more »

Cooking the Books at the Papio-Missouri Natural Resources District.

NTF Issue Paper: papiomrnrd42.doc.  5-13. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: COOKING THE BOOKS: CREATIVE ACCOUNTING AT THE PAPIO-MO. RIVER NATURAL RESOURCES DISTRICT.  FUNNY FISCAL FIGURES.  NRD Board member Scott Japp has requested the state auditor to investigate the finances of the Papio-Mo. River NRD.  Large discrepancies among bank statements, audit reports, budget and monthly financial reports, and the lack of cooperation Read more »

Illegal Aliens - What do they cost? What can we do?

Did you know that illegal aliens may be coming into Nebraska from Kansas because they now find jobs harder to find there?  Are you concerned about the burden you bear as a taxpayers because of the net drain they put on society - and the government? Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach discusses illegal immigration, election fraud, what states can do on Wallbuilders Live, a daily radio show hosted by Rick Green and featuring historian David Barton.  Read more »

Milton Friedman - Redistribution of Wealth

Do you agree with Warren Buffet that no parent should let their children inherit enough wealth so they didn't have to work?  Did you know that Buffet favors a 100% inheritance tax?  No? What about a free market approach?  Would you choose instead Milton Friedman's classic argument against the inheritance tax altogether?   Read more »

And you thought Canada was more progressive?

Do you think other nations don't watch the US?  I shudder to think what our enemies think of us.  Pretty soon the interest payments on our national debt will fund the entire Chinese military.  Well, don't take my word for it.  Watch this video of Pierre Poilievre, a Member of Parliament for Nepean-Carleton, Canada, as he defends conservative fiscal policy in a debate on Canada's 2012 budget: Read more »

Agenda 21 - Is It Real?

Don't know what Agenda 21 is?  Wonder how large a probem it is?  Check this out: Go to www.amazon.com and click to the BOOK section.  Type LOCAL AGENDA 21 in the title box.  You will find a seemingly endless list (I stopped counting at 300) of books and reports that were written by professionals for professionals including many that show  HOW TO IMPLEMENT AGENDA 21 in your county,  your state/province,  your country and your continent.   Read more »

A Little Gun History

"I ask, Sir, what is the militia?  It is the whole people.  To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them." — George Mason, Speech at the Virginia Ratifying Convention, 1788 Recently, a member's friend sent him an e-mail based on this article found in Salisbury News.  Snopes cannot debunk this article — at least as of posting time.  It is worth a read.  Please take a look and then read on, here: We have long Read more »

Common Core

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This Could Happen to Us...

Omaha suffers from constantly rising labor costs.  We take on more than we ever should.  These things have consequences.  Take it from Bob Deis, City Manager, Stockton, California, as he writes "A Message From the City That Went Bankrupt" for the Wall Street Journal. If we do not contain costs and battle union demands for ever increasing benefits, eventually citizens will refuse to pay more and more taxes.  If sales taxes, thinly disguised Read more »

FREE-SPONSIBILITY TO VOTE

You read that right.  NTF wants to coin a new phrase to convey its members' fervent belief that FREEDOM always comes with RESPONSIBILITY.   The right to vote is one of our most cherished freedoms, but let's remind ourselves once again that voting is also a responsibility. Responsible citizens do their homework to ensure their vote has the desired effect.  Sorry to be the one to tell you that homework doesn't end just because school does, and Read more »

OMAHA SUFFERS CREDIT DOWNGRADE

Omaha has suffered a downgrade of its bond rating due to problems with underfunded pensions for city workers.  The current unfunded pension liability is $794 million, mostly from the police and fire pension systems.  The downgrade could lead to higher borrowing costs for the city. How can the mayor and our city council even consider more spending and taxing until the pension shortfall is addressed?  But they did.  Look at the posts for City Read more »

CAPITALISM vs SOCIALISM

NTF believes that taxpayers must educate themselves on the issues of our day in order to become better citizens of our republic.  It is our mission to make this education process easy, objective and inexpensive.  One source that meets those criteria is Khan Academy. Start today with this link to a presentation of the two ISMS that have kept Americans arguing since 1776. Read more »

Big government - Big lies

One of the biggest challenges a taxpayer faces is the tug-of-war between what we want and what we can afford.  An informed taxpayer makes all the difference in making these difficult decisions.  Informed taxpayers make informed voters, so find out why politicians lie in this Thomas Sowell column. Read more »

Omaha Transportation Plan

NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: CITY OF OMAHA TRANSPORTATION PLAN IS BIG BROTHER GOVERNMENT. BACKGROUND. The proposed city transportation plan is a prime example of local government intrusion into private business and private property rights. It seeks to micromanage the community and coerce human behavior by advocating principles declaring that government knows what is best for its citizens. The groups in the planning process that offered Read more »

Tax Loopholes for Illegal Aliens

Ever wonder why so many illegals come to the USA other than for free market opportunity?  Think it doesn't affect your tax bill?  Take a look: Read more »

Indirect Taxes through Energy

Early in president Obama's campaign someone asked him about cap and trade.  He delared that, "Under my plan… electricity prices would necessarily skyrocket."  Obama seems to be carrying out this famous "campaign promise".  Don't think so?  According to Phil Kerpen of Fox News, your electric bill will be impacted by an eight-fold or higher increase if you live in the mid-Atlantic states. Think this won't impact Douglas County?  The last major Read more »

PASS THE BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT

NTF Issue Paper: balancedbudget2.doc.  8-11. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: PASS THE BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT. BACKGROUND.  In 1995, a Balanced Budget Amendment passed the House but failed to pass in the Senate by 1 vote.  The U.S. national debt has reached over a massive $14.3 trillion, and our national deficit teeters at $1.65 trillion.  Congress has raised the national debt ceiling, despite strong objections by fiscal conservatives, Read more »

STOP VOTER FRAUD

NTF Issue Paper: legwatch78.doc.  3-12. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: STOP VOTER FRAUD IN NEBRASKA. BACKGROUND.  Currently, anyone can walk into a polling station, give your name and address, and vote under your name.  You come in later and suffer shock to discover that someone impersonated you and stole your vote.  Conservative State Senator Charlie Janssen introduced LB 239 in the Legislature, as a priority bill, to curb Read more »

A Letter from the First Lady to Nebraskans

Dear Nebraska Taxpayer: For only the second time in my adult life, I am not ashamed of my country. I want to thank the hard working American people for paying $242,000 for my vacation in Spain. My daughter Sasha, several long-time family friends, my personal staff and various guests had a wonderful time. Honestly, you just haven't lived until you have stayed in a $2,500.00 per night suite at a 5-Star luxury hotel! Thank you also for the use of Air Read more »