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Why Data Matters

To paraphrase an oft quoted saying, “you can’t know where you’re going unless you know where you’ve been.”  To our mind, one of the most reliable ways of knowing where we’ve been is tracking changes in data over time.  The American Community Survey (ACS), provided by the Census Bureau, has…...

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It’s 5/29. Have you saved for college today?

  It’s May 29th, or 5/29 and in honor of the date we’re blogging about Nebraska’s educational savings plan, known as a “529 plan.”  The name comes from the section of federal tax code that allows states to establish these plans. 529 plans are a savings account that typically list a…...

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LB 1041: Streamline Public Benefit Programs

As introduced:  This bill attempts to simplify and streamline public benefit requirements by: requiring alignment of verification procedures across various public benefit programs; maintaining legislative oversight over public benefit administration by requiring the collection and reporting of data relating to access to public benefit programs and case closures; coordinating renewals…...

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LB 1098: Restore Sales Tax Revenue to General Fund

As introduced:  This bill would repeal changes enacted in 2011 and set to go into effect in 2013 that allocates a quarter of a cent on every dollar of sales tax revenue for roads projects. Introducing Senator(s): Council Committee: Revenue Committee...

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LB 1015: Restoration of Cuts to Child Care Provider Rates

As introduced: In 2011, provider rates in the child care subsidy program were frozen for through 2013 with the limitation that they could not fall below the 50th percentile of current market rates.  This bill would have restored the rates to their original funding level in July of 2012. Introducing…...

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LB 1010: Increase the Food Stamp Gross Income Limit

As introduced: This bill would increase the gross income limit in the food stamp program to 185% of the federal poverty level (FPL) while keeping the net income limit at 100% of FPL.  This would allow families with high expenses for things like child care to continue to qualify for…...

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LB 952: Restoration of Proposed Medicaid Cuts

As introduced: Every year on December 1st, the Director of the Nebraska Medicaid Program submits a letter to the Legislature detailing intended cuts to Medicaid services.  This bill would have restored the proposed cuts. Introducing Senator(s): Nordquist, Avery, Bloomfield, Campbell, Conrad, Cook, Council, Dubas, Gloor, Howard, Krist, McGill, Mello...

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LB 837: Create a task force to review certain drugs for state wards

As introduced: This bill would create a task force to review and provide recommendations on the use of psychotropic drugs by state wards and the administration of these drugs. As amended: none Introducing Senator(s): Howard...

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LB 826: Legislative Approval of Medicaid Cuts

As introduced: The bill would require legislative approval of all significant policy changes to the Medicaid program including cutting or eliminating services or increasing co-pays. Introducing Senator(s): Dubas, Bloomfield, Campbell, Cook, Krist, Lathrop, McGill, Mello, Nordquist Committee: Health and Human Services Committee...

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LB 1038: Blood Lead Poisoning Prevention

As introduced:  The bill would require blood-lead testing prior to school enrollment and refer parents whose children have high blood-lead levels to special education resources. As amended: The bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to develop a prevention and outreach plan to prevent and treat elevated blood…...

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