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On March 27, President Trump signed the CARES Act into law, providing $2 trillion in financial aid to families and businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. $150 billion of this $2 trillion was allocated to states. The CARES Act specifies that the $150 billion in funds may be used for... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2020 at The Full Platter
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During these uncertain times, I think many of us are seeing that it is more evident than ever that two distinct views exist. One view is the “love of government,” where a belief exists that government knows best and that it’s the government who should step in to solve society’s... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2020 at The Full Platter
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Federal relief may help, but it can't stimulate a shut down economy. Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2020 at The Full Platter
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An emergency executive order can help more medical personnel respond to the COVID-19 crisis in Nebraska. Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2020 at The Full Platter
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A 600 employee fitness equipment company based in Columbus, Ohio seized the opportunity to reach out to the many people suffering from job loss resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Rogue Fitness announced it was hiring 100 new employees and increasing wages temporarily by $2/hour. Why? Because Rogue Fitness realized that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2020 at The Full Platter
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It’s amazing to reflect on how quickly COVID-19 has changed our lives in just a few weeks. On February 27, our state recognized that we needed to start preparing for the inevitable event that COVID-19 would officially affect our state. On March 6, Nebraska’s first COVID-19 case was confirmed. As... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2020 at The Full Platter
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I started my day today acknowledging that it’s been some time since I have written a blog post, so I set a goal to get one written. My inclination was to write a post related to free market principles and how those can be applied to the country’s reaction to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2020 at The Full Platter
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It’s been an interesting couple of weeks in Nebraska on the occupational licensing front. Yesterday was particularly interesting. My colleague, Laura Ebke, testified yesterday in support of LB1187 introduced by Sen. Andrew LaGrone to allow for universal recognition of occupational licenses held in good standing in other states for individuals... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2020 at The Full Platter
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We have a right to earn an honest living. This right is protected by the U.S. Constitution. Entrepreneurship and good old-fashioned free market competition are playing a lot of defense nowadays. Protectionism has gone unchecked due to the significant increase in career paths subject to occupational licensing. These occupational licenses... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2020 at The Full Platter
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Today, the second session of the 106th Nebraska Legislature convenes. Last year, 739 bills were introduced. Of those, 255 (roughly 1/3) were signed into law and 3 were vetoed. A resulting 481 bills were carried over. The first ten days of session are when new bills are introduced. It is... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2020 at The Full Platter
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This is my third post regarding Nebraska’s requirement that household goods (HHG) movers and passenger carriers obtain a certificate of public convenience and necessity (CPCN). In my previous posts I’ve mentioned that a bill was introduced during the 2019 legislative session, LB461, that would repeal this requirement. The Platte Institute... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2020 at The Full Platter
Last week I introduced you to the concept of the Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN), also known as the “competitor’s veto.” Today, I’d like to do a little deeper dive to give you an understanding as to why it is so egregious and anti-free market. Reviewing applications for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2020 at The Full Platter
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It’s the first Monday of the new year, and by now, most taxpayers are officially back to work after the holidays. Tomorrow, the Omaha City Council has its first meeting of 2020, and this taxpayer will be watching with great interest. You see, a month ago, KETV aired a story... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2020 at The Full Platter
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In a December 19 post, I discussed the importance of the consumer in the free-market system. When we allow entrepreneurs to test their ideas, be it a product or service, with limited government interference, the result is innovation and lower prices. Consumers vote for these products and services with their... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2020 at The Full Platter
The lesson of the book reflects the famous quote, "“Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
Toggle Commented Dec 24, 2019 on Give the Gift of Liberty at The Full Platter
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Although I completed my Christmas shopping over two weeks ago, by the looks of the parking lots of many stores on my way home from work last night, that’s not the case for everyone. I have several friends who are avid readers like myself who have welcomed me into their... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2019 at The Full Platter
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In the spirit of #ThrowbackThursday, I thought I would highlight a 1978 article from the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE), “The Consumer’s Role,” as it reminds me of an issue the Platte Institute has been working on for the past 3 years. It’s no secret that team members at the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2019 at The Full Platter
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Yesterday, President Trump held a roundtable on regulatory innovations inviting governors from around the country to share what has been accomplished in their states. Governor Ricketts participated. He reported on the Nebraska Legislature’s work on occupational licensing reform and h ighlighted LB898 from 2016, the “hair braiding bill” that exempted... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2019 at The Full Platter
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