Kandra Hahn

Lawmaker Limbo – A Trip To the Unicameral at Halftime Tax Cut or Tax Expenditure? by Kandra Hahn As the 103rd Nebraska Legislature tipped over the halfway mark of its short session, a haze of tentativeness seemed to hang in the hallwa... more

Mar 13, 2014 1:34 AM News

As state senators assembled for the second, shorter, 60-working-day session of the 103rd Nebraska Legislature on January 8, 2014, many observers expected that tax reform and Medicaid extension would be high on the list of priorities, as t... more

Jan 17, 2014 7:04 AM News

“Would those 45 companies have been here in Nebraska without the investment credits?” asked Kearney Senator Galen Hadley, Chair of the Revenue Committee. "When you cut through everything, this is what you get to.” The Legislature’s Reve... more

Sep 2, 2013 12:35 AM News

It was 1881 when Nebraska first placed ungovernable boys and girls in a new red brick State Industrial School in Kearney with the intent of reforming them. It was not until 1892, that 57 girls were moved from Kearney to a new Girls Indust... more

Aug 12, 2013 12:01 AM News

In January The Reader contacted some Omaha state senators to see what they were expecting in the long 90-day session ahead of them. On June 5th senators were scattering after a session almost uniformly described as “tough.” We tried to ... more

Jun 8, 2013 8:44 PM News

The first four and half hours of the Revenue Committee hearing on February 6 on Legislative Bill 405, one of the Governor’s proposals to eliminate state income tax for a broader sales tax, seemed noisy and riddled with insider banter. Fro... more

Feb 23, 2013 4:21 AM News

Among the 168 legislative bills that hit the Clerk’s desk on January 23, the tenth and last day for individual senators to introduce new legislation for the 2013 Session, were a couple of heavyweights bills. Omaha senators led or were ins... more

Jan 27, 2013 5:47 AM News

Scarcely had Governor Heineman revealed half of his idea to eliminate income tax in favor of a somehow broader sales tax, than professor Richard Pomp, tax teacher and writer, and former tax change commission member, arrived in Lincoln to ... more

Jan 23, 2013 8:59 AM News

Calculations for the cost of extending Medicaid in Nebraska as a critical piece of the Affordable Care Act have been incomplete and probably overstated, said experts at committee hearings of the Nebraska Legislature last week. No voice ... more

Dec 5, 2012 11:15 PM News

When Governor Dave Heineman told the federal government on Nov. 15 that Nebraska would pass on running its own health insurance exchange, he pointed to cost and lack of control. It was a very different Governor from the one who had presid... more

Nov 22, 2012 1:15 AM News

As federal deficits were the rage in the recent presidential election and both major political parties jockey for negotiating position ahead of the 2013 fiscal cliff, Nebraska’s tax projections took a positive turn. According to a new pub... more

Nov 14, 2012 11:25 PM News