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Chairperson Gloor and members of the Revenue Committee: I write today on behalf of the Lincoln Independent Business Association (LIBA) in opposition to LB 280 because it redirects school aid away from resource-poor districts and demands local taxpayers make up the difference. The Tax Equity and Educational Opportunities Support Act or TEEOSA formula, though not simple itself, distills into one simple equation: student needs – local resources = state equalization aid. Its purpose is to …

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The Lincoln Independent Business Association opposes LB 478 which authorizes educational service units (ESU) to issue bonds without a public vote and increases ESU’s levy limit. LB 478 authorizes ESUs to issue general obligation bonds, paid by property taxes, and increases their levy by $0.01 to pay such bonds.  However, just like any bond paid with property taxes, these bonds fall outside the ESU levy limit.  Therefore, LB 478 allows ESUs to increase their levy …

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Chairperson Harr and members of the Business and Labor Committee:   The Lincoln Independent Business Association would like to express its opposition to LB 494 which increases the tipped minimum wage. LIBA opposes increasing the tipped minimum wage because it will cut into already thin profit margins in the restaurant industry to increase the wage of employees who are already among the highest compensated at restaurants and bars. Under Nebraska statute, tip earning employees are …

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The Lincoln Independent Business Association requests your support for LB 132 as a measure to control taxes and spending while also increasing transparency. LB 132 closes a loophole in the Joint Public Agency Act, Neb.Rev.Stat. § 13-2501 et seq., which currently gives Joint Public Agencies (JPA) broad authority to bond with little oversight. The Nebraska State Legislature passed the Joint Public Agency Act in 1999 with the goal of encouraging local governmental units to cooperate …

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LIBA is pleased to support LB 61  as a measure that eliminates an unfunded mandate and thereby increases accountability and reduces reliance on property taxes. In Nebraska, unfunded mandates from state to local government are, in part, responsible for our heavy reliance on property taxes. Neb cipla cialis.Rev.Stat. §68-130 requires counties to provide space or pay the rent for space utilized by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services in their county. This unfunded mandate …

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Limit Bonding Authority of Joint Public Agencies (JPA). JPA’s are a valuable tool to encourage governmental cooperation and efficiency. JPA’s have been used to great success around the state. However, a loophole in the JPA Act allows JPA’s to issue more bonds with less oversight than participating agencies can alone. Effectively, the Act allows agencies to administratively combine to increase their authority and their revenues. LIBA believes JPA’s bonding ability must be limited so they …

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Tomorrow is Election Day! Please consider voting for LIBA PAC endorsed Candidates! Help Lincoln and Nebraska prosper by voting for candidates who understand business and promote free enterprise! Each election cycle the LIBA PAC interviews local candidates and endorses those candidates committed to economic development, assisting job providers, limited government, low taxes, and fiscal conservatism. LIBA PAC endorsed candidates include: Dallas Jones for Legislative District 28 Brent Smoyer for Legislative District 26 Todd Wiltgen for …

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Lincoln, Neb. (March 17, 2014) – LIBA PAC endorses candidates. On Tuesday, May 13th, the citizens of Lincoln will have the opportunity to make their voices heard in the primary elections. The Lincoln Independent Business Association Political Action Committee (LIBA PAC) is pleased to announce endorsement of the following candidates: Dallas Jones – State Legislative District 28 Brent Smoyer – State Legislative District 26 Hunter Paneitz – State Legislative District 46 Todd Wiltgen – County …

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Chairman Lathrop and Members of the Business and Labor Committee: I write on behalf of the Lincoln Independent Business Association to express our opposition to LB 955 the Paid Family Medical Leave Act. LB 955 authorizes the commissioner of labor to impose a payroll deduction on employee paychecks and disburse the funds to qualifying employees who must miss work for care of a new child or a serious health condition. The payroll deduction required under …

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Senator Hadley and Members of the Revenue Committee: The Lincoln Independent Business Association supports LB 1097 because its 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 grow our tax base. Nebraska’s current tax code is ranked the 21st most burdensome in the country and is measurably more burdensome than each of the six states sharing borders with Nebraska. Nebraska …

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