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Laura Ebke
United States
Senior Fellow, Platte Institute; Former Nebraska State Senator
Interests: Free Markets!
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I was at a conference workshop this morning--about "regulatory overreach"--and one of the panelists was legislator form Idaho. This legislator made sure that we all knew what they had done this year--essentially repealing ALL of the regulatory code through a universal sunset process, and then adding a few critical ones... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Full Platter
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This is an old article, but given my earlier post about eagles and broken window fallacy, it seemed somehow appropriate. Here, we hear about the problem of unintended consequences to policy--specifically the sometimes crazy results that come as a result of government policies. Unintended consequences arise every time an authority... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Full Platter
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This is an old article, but given my earlier post about eagles and broken window fallacy, it seemed somehow appropriate. Here, we hear about the problem of unintended consequences to policy--specifically the sometimes crazy results that come as a result of government policies. Unintended consequences arise every time an authority... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Full Platter
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A bald eagle smashed through a storefront window and gave an essential economics lesson. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Full Platter
The folks over at the Foundation for Economic Education have provided us with a nice little background on why "Black Friday" is called that. If you don't have time to read the story before you head out on your post-Thanksgiving shopping binge, here are the three competing theories behind "Black... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The Full Platter
Happy Thanksgiving from the staff of the Platte Institute. Here's a nicely done, brief video that serves as a reminder. Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2019 at The Full Platter
Those of us who work with occupational licensing sometimes operate in a bit of an endless loop. You see, we're not entirely sure that there are very many occupations for which the state should be licensing (granting permission to work). At the same time, we often promote things like "universal... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2019 at The Full Platter
This brief article crossed my path on Sunday afternoon. Officials in a southeast Nebraska county are considering a change to their local wind-energy regulations at the request of a group that opposes the growing presence of wind farms in rural areas. Gage County’s Board of Supervisors will hold a meeting... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2019 at The Full Platter
....Try, Try, Again. A lot of us remember that from our childhood, a part of a "proverb" of sorts that elementary students used to hear quite frequently at some point in time, and which came down to the children and grandchildren who had heard it in school. That came to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2019 at The Full Platter
This story just came through on my news alerts, and while this doesn't relate directly to Nebraska politics, truth be told, any action or inaction by the federal government has implications for both the state government, and Nebraska taxpayers. When I was in the Legislature--maybe in the first year--one of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2019 at The Full Platter
One of the main currents in occupational licensing adjustments that we've seen over the last five years or so, is an effort to make it easier for military members--and their spouses--to move across jurisdictions and still be able to work in an area they've trained in. The most recent example... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2019 at The Full Platter
Folks in "liberal Massachusetts" are currently looking at the cost of occupational licensing, thanks to a report from the Pioneer Institute (with help from our friends at the Institute for Justice). Their report points out some of the many inconsistencies like those we've seen in Nebraska. For instance, as this... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2019 at The Full Platter
Future Florida House Speaker, Paul Renner, seems to be declaring war on occupational licensure in his state. “Occupational licensing is essentially a permission slip for you do what you are passionate about, what you are trained to do, and to provide for your family,” he added. “Think about that: government... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2019 at The Full Platter
Nebraska recently got some not-so-good news. A Kiplinger analysis suggests that Nebraska is the #1 WORST state for retirees from a tax standpoint. Nebraska takes the cake as the least tax-friendly state for retirees, according to the analysis, which Mengle admits is likely to surprise people. “In Nebraska’s case, high... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2019 at The Full Platter
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Posted Sep 28, 2019 at Misplaced Liberty
Thanks for the very kind words, Georg!
Toggle Commented Jul 3, 2013 on 2014! in Nebraska at RedStateEclectic
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In terms of a "report" of the day, subject to more possibly later.... The event was well attended, and included 100 people or so wandering around my yard. One of the most fun parties I've ever been a part of, really. The State GOP Chair stopped by, a State Senator dropped by, and a candidate for the U.S. Senate hung out with us for a few hours. All were present during my announcement. Another RLC member announced that he was running for the Legislature, as well (we are a unicameral system, and all of our legislators are members are referred to as "Senators"). Life is good in the Cornhusker State!
Toggle Commented Jul 1, 2013 on 2014! in Nebraska at RedStateEclectic
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Lots of Germanic names, no doubt. But most of them are thoroughly Americanized--my grandparents' generation were born here in the first quarter of the 20th century, learned German at home as their first language, learned English at school as their second language, and most of their children (my parents' generation, born during WWII) have memories of hearing their parents and grandparents speak in German when they didn't want the kids to know what they were talking about, but otherwise knew little of it. The third generation--my peers--can hardly find Germany on a map, much less speak German... I don't know that those of German descent have been Anglicized, though. I think we've all been Americanized. I still believe in the "melting pot," in spite of what the multiculturalists tell us. I think Americans are stronger when we embrace all that we are together, rather than all that separates us. Besides, with my generation and beyond, it's going to become increasingly difficult to find anyone who can claim any sort of ethnic purity.
Toggle Commented May 2, 2013 on Palatine Boors at RedStateEclectic
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TypePad HTML Email I’d forgotten about the Mork and Mindy connection, as well. I remember Winters from when I was a kid on some of the variety shows, and as one of the squares in Hollywood Squares. I never paid enough attention to Robin Williams (other than seeing him occasionally on something or other) to make the connection between their comedy—but now that I think about it, it makes a lot of sense.
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What a fine compliment for me early this morning! Thanks, Georg. I can't think of anything I'd rather have said about me today than that I'm part of the Thatcher team! I'm thinking you might have been living in Great Britain during her term of office?
Toggle Commented Apr 10, 2013 on RIP Margaret Thatcher at RedStateEclectic
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I don't suppose they take cubic zirconia, though...
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He is a very talented young man! Congratulations, Dad.
Toggle Commented Feb 22, 2013 on Rosewood Music at RedStateEclectic
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