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Chairman Harr and Members of the Business and Labor Committee: On behalf of the more than 1,300 business members of the Lincoln Independent Business Association, I appear today in opposition to LB 850, which establishes a Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance program. While we understand that Senator Crawford’s proposal in its current form does not place direct costs on businesses by way of monetary contributions to this insurance pool, we offer our opposition in …

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Chairman Gloor and members of the Committee: I appear today on behalf of more than 1,300 Lincoln businesses in support of LB 723 and LB 724. LIBA believes these two proposals help to provide a more equitable approach to sales taxes for businesses that collect this important revenue on behalf of the State. In our increasingly digital age, businesses and consumers alike have begun to rely heavily on both plastic payment and electronic options as …

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(LINCOLN, NE) – Today, the Board of Directors of the Lincoln Independent Business Association (LIBA) announced its support of LB 992, which places limits on the amount of debt Nebraska municipalities can acquire through the use of installment contracts and accompanying certificates of participation (COP) bonds. The bill, introduced by State Senator Laura Ebke, would establish a maximum amount of debt for such contracts and bonds at $25 million, and would require any political subdivisions …

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The following are the legislative priorities identified by the LIBA Board of Directors for the 2016 session of the Nebraska Unicameral: Eliminate the Personal Property Tax on Nebraska Businesses. The Legislature’s efforts last year to reduce the personal property tax were a big first step. The implementation of LB 259’s reduction will result in an average of $162 in savings per personal property tax payer. But the complete elimination of the personal property tax is …

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(LINCOLN, NE) – A few weeks ago, Mayor Beutler announced finalists for the position of Lincoln Fire Chief. As the hiring process continues, the Lincoln Independent Business Association would like to remind the Mayor that this administration’s actions related to fire department management and expansion will be watched closely throughout the coming year to ensure that taxpayers are not the losers in a drawn out political chess match. Whoever is hired for the position must …

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The following is a statement delivered on behalf of the LIBA Board of Directors to the County Board of Commissioners at the Board meeting this morning. — During the Lancaster County Board of Commissioners’ weekly Staff Meeting a few weeks ago, there was intense discussion among board members and staff regarding the prospect of renewing a contract for the TRIM records management service. Since that somewhat heated exchange, Lincoln Independent Business Association staff members have had …

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Two Recent Surveys Show Library at Pershing Site Not Needed 76% Are Already Satisfied With Current Library Services  (LINCOLN, NE) – Survey results recently released by Mayor Beutler and survey results presented to the Lancaster County Board a few months ago show that Lincoln and Lancaster County residents are satisfied with the library services currently offered in Lincoln.  Both surveys appear to show little support for a plan being pushed by the Lincoln City Library …

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The Lincoln Independent Business Association (LIBA) would like to recognize and thank the Lancaster County Commissioners for their work to avoid property tax increases.  We know that last year you had to reclaim part of the RTSD levy in order to do that, and we supported you.  You have held the county levy rate steady since 2012 and we sincerely appreciate your efforts. This year, the early projections contain a deficit when compared with requests …

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Superintendent Joel, President Danek and members of the Lincoln Board of Education, LIBA is here tonight to ask for property tax relief.  If you do not lower your levy, you will be taking another $32 million from the citizens of Lincoln.  From the $32 million in new tax dollars, you intend to put $10 million into savings.  LIBA thinks that this is just too much. There has been no public discussion of levy relief again …

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On Tuesday, May 5th, the citizens of Lincoln will have the opportunity to make their voices heard in the city general elections.  The Lincoln Independent Business Association Political Action Committee (LIBA PAC) is pleased to endorse the following Candidates: Mayor of the City of Lincoln – Andy Stebbing Lincoln City Council SE District 2 – Jon Camp Lincoln City Council NE District 1- Cyndi Lamm Lincoln Board of Education District 6 – Matt Schulte The LIBA PAC chose …

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