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LIBA Examines Three Themes for the Upcoming Two Year Budget Cycle in Lincoln, Nebraska

I recently appeared before the Lincoln City Council – on behalf of LIBA – to talk about the city budget. Below is a summary of my comments. The Lincoln Independent Business Association (LIBA) applauds the Mayor’s office and City Council for not raising the property tax levy or wheel taxes... more


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Considering a Local Sales Tax Increase and the Dilemma of Lincoln, Nebraska’s Roads

I appreciate that you are taking the time to read my column.  I want to be very clear that this column reflects my personal thoughts on the possible sales tax increase being discussed by our community leaders.  The following does NOT reflect the views of LIBA or its Board of... more


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Would YOU Run For Lincoln, Nebraska City Council?

In just 10 short months the citizens of Lincoln will be called on to vote for the Mayor and four City Council members. These elected officials serve the Lincoln community by keeping Lincoln’s taxes low and prioritizing dollars toward the most necessary projects, and minimizing regulatory burdens on our employers... more


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Prioritization of Officers and Safety in Lincoln, Nebraska

The Lincoln Independent Business Association thanks Mayor Beutler for taking steps to increase the number of police officers dealing with gang activity.  On May 15, 2014, the Mayor announced that he would apply for grants to pay for two additional police officers to help with our growing gang problem. We... more


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Lincoln, Nebraska Has the Money to Fund the South Beltway Project Without Increasing Taxes

The city does not need to increase taxes to pay for the South Beltway. Last week I read two articles in the Lincoln Journal Star suggesting that a tax hike is needed to build the bypass. I would suggest rather than reaching into the taxpayer’s pocket, it is time to... more


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Cut The Income Tax – Why LIBA supports LB 1097 to grow Nebraska’s tax base, Also welcomes new members

LIBA recently testified on tax cuts at a hearing before the Nebraska Legislature.  If you want to research the bill, it’s number LB 1097. LB 1097’s tax cuts will ease the high tax burden on Nebraskans and Nebraska businesses, increase the competitiveness of Nebraska businesses in today’s mobile economy and... more


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LIBA Calls on Mayor and City Council to Expedite Sale of Pershing Center, Also Welcomes New Members

The Lincoln Independent Business Association is calling on Mayor Chris Beutler and the City Council to sell Pershing Center and return the property to the tax rolls in an expedient manner. In September of 2011, LIBA sent Mayor Beutler a letter suggesting that the City of Lincoln’s request for proposals... more


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LIBA Lists Top Six Legislative Priorities for 2014 That Impact Business and Welcomes New Members

When the Nebraska Legislature is in session the actions of state lawmakers can profoundly impact the business community. LIBA works to ensure that Lincoln’s business community has a voice in government at the state level by supporting or opposing proposed legislation.  Below is a list of LIBA’s top six legislative... more


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LIBA letter to Mayor Beutler and the Lincoln City Council regarding new waste regulations, also welcomes new members

I write on behalf of the Lincoln Independent Business Association (LIBA) to express our concern over the recommendations reported by the Solid Waste Plan 2040 Advisory Committee.  Specifically, the committee report resembles a holiday wish list with all wants listed and little consideration given to the resources necessarily raised or... more


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Lincoln Public Schools Can Lower It’s Tax Levy and Ease The Tax Burden of Lincoln Citizens

Lincoln Public Schools (LPS) will receive an increase in State Aid of approximately $13.8 million dollars over last year.  In addition, property valuations in Lincoln should result in an increase of $4.8 million in property tax receipts over last year.  That is over $18 Million in NEW money, which includes... more



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