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TO: The Board of Education of Lincoln Nebraska FROM: The Lincoln Independent Business Association RE: LPS Budget Position Statement DATE: August 14, 2018 The Lincoln Independent Business Association (LIBA) would like to thank Lincoln Public Schools (LPS) staff for suggesting that LPS lower the property tax levy in the 2018-2019 budget. We appreciate the efforts that were made by LPS staff to achieve a one and one-half cent reduction which will equal real property tax …

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Mayor Beutler is once again calling on the City Council to override a state mandated spending limit for the City of Lincoln. This is the eighth time since Beutler has been mayor that he has asked the City Council to vote to exceed such a limit. The Lincoln Independent Business Association (LIBA) believes it is important for the citizens of Lincoln to understand three things regarding this issue: 1) The city has improperly reported votes …

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LIBA Opposes $369 Million Southeast Community College Bond Issue Cites Property Tax Crisis As Driving Factor (LINCOLN, NE) – The Lincoln Independent Business Association (LIBA) today announced its opposition to the Southeast Community College’s (SCC) ballot issue that asks for $369 million in new property taxes to construct a new campus in downtown Lincoln and to complete a multi-facility renovation across its existing campuses. LIBA said that the biggest concern is the simple fact that …

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After reviewing recent city-wide crime statistics, the Lincoln Independent Business Association (LIBA) is calling on Mayor Beutler and the City Council to incorporate the addition of police officers into the City’s biennial budget to be released this summer. LIBA members recently raised alarm at the realization that if a business owner in Lincoln is burglarized there is an 89% likelihood that the burglar is not caught. As an organization comprised of more than 1,300 members …

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LINCOLN, NE (March 23, 2016) – On Tuesday, May 10, 2016, the citizens of Lincoln and Lancaster County will have the opportunity to make their voices heard in our primary elections. Today, the LIBA PAC is pleased to announce endorsements of the following candidates running for the position of County Commissioner: Lancaster County Board District 4 – Roma Amundson Lancaster County Board District 2 – Jim Ballard Lancaster County Board District 2 – Joe Lefler …

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Chairman Harr and Members of the Business and Labor Committee: The Lincoln Independent Business Association, a member-organization comprised of more than 1,300 businesses, expresses its opposition to LB 1089. At the outset, we believe it important to acknowledge that as of January 1, 2016, Nebraska’s minimum wage for all employees is $9.00 per hour. Although employees who earn a portion of their wages from gratuities may be paid $2.13 an hour, state law requires businesses …

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Chairman Gloor and Members of the Revenue Committee: The Lincoln Independent Business Association offers its opposition to LB 671. Enacted in 2011, the Build Nebraska Act took major strides toward recommitting our focus on our state’s infrastructure needs. After years of difficulty in keeping up with the maintenance and construction of vital transportation projects, cities and counties have struggled to meet traffic and transportation demands. The Unicameral’s efforts through LB 84 have helped many cities …

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Chairman Gloor and Members of the Revenue Committee: The Board of Directors of the Lincoln Independent Business Association (LIBA), on behalf of its more than 1,300 member businesses, offers its support for LB 717. The property tax burden placed on Nebraskans may be one of the largest issues facing Nebraska families and businesses, and we believe this bill will work to address it. We appreciate the fact that this bill will apply to valuations for …

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Chairman Gloor and members of the Revenue Committee: I appear today on behalf of the Lincoln Independent Business Association, or LIBA, and it’s more than 1,300 Lincoln business members in a neutral position on LB 884. I testify neutrally because we have reservations about one particular aspect of the bill. Specifically, we have minor concerns about the added provision that would allow the City of Lincoln to utilize 10% of the sales tax turned back …

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Chairwoman Sullivan and Members of the Education Committee: LIBA is a member organization comprised of more than 1,300 Lincoln businesses that advocates for issues that affect businesses and the communities in which they operate. With our members being both taxpayers and often parents, part of our focus, then, includes the work done by our local school districts and the success of our students. LIBA determines its focus and priorities through the work of committees, and …

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