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Laura Ebke
United States
Senior Fellow, Platte Institute; Former Nebraska State Senator
Interests: Free Markets!
Recent Activity
John Stossel describes some of the problems with occupational licensing and the opportunity to "make good" for those who have had problems with the law. Nebraska's Occupational Board Review Act (LB 299, 2018), did not totally eliminate restrictions for licensures, but it now gives potential license-seekers the ability to pre-inquire... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Full Platter
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While most of us wouldn't argue that some occupations in the medical field shouldn't be regulated in some way, one of the arguments that I often make when engaged in discussions about the need for occupational licensing is that in the 21st century, the more important consumer standard for whether... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Full Platter
Adam went through a list of bills that caught his eye--either positively or negatively--during the first three days of bill introduction in the Legislature. Before Day 4 kicks off, I thought I'd mention a few bills that had me saying "hmm." First, I should probably note that just about all... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Full Platter
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As a "hobbyist" genealogist for the last 10 years, there's always been one branch of the family tree that's been a bit of a mystery. I started my hobby as the result of Ancestry.com commercials at about this time of year--I remember my family watching "A Christmas Story" and these... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2020 at The Full Platter
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I'm not a smoker, nor have I ever smoked (not even to "try it out"). My parents weren't smokers. None of my grandparents smoked (although I'm told that one of my grandfathers smoked until sometime in the '40's, when my mom and aunt were diagnosed with mild asthma, and he... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2019 at The Full Platter
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One of the great free-market economists of my lifetime, the late Milton Friedman, once said: "One of the great mistakes is to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than their results." That, of course, is true in lots of areas of policy, but if what's happening in Seattle... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2019 at The Full Platter
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This story is almost 8 months old, but it's new to me, and since the blog isn't that old, I thought I'd share it. In abbreviated form, the Aldi grocery chain has committed to having 100% of its packaging be recyclable or reusable by 2025. One story suggested that this... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2019 at The Full Platter
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As a former legislator, I understand (although never enjoyed) political pandering. I'll admit that sometimes I would say nothing or be very non-committal when a group (especially a group of constituents) wanted me to take a particular position, and I'll also admit that I likely pandered on occasion to groups... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2019 at The Full Platter
This story from The Hill popped up in my news aggregator a little while ago. Sometimes I don't get stories until a day after they were published... Anyway, the essence of the story is this: Congress and the President have a tentative agreement to give all federal employees 12 weeks... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2019 at The Full Platter
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 Dec 5, 2019 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 Dec 4, 2019 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 Dec 4, 2019 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 Dec 4, 2019 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 Nov 29, 2019 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!
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