Davis' School Funding Proposal Could Impose Local Income Tax
Tuesday, 13 January 2015 13:35
A Nebraska lawmaker and several advocacy groups say they'll work this year to increase state aid for schools while reducing what rural districts have to generate through property taxes. Sen. Al Davis of Hyannis unveiled a proposal Tuesday to lower the percentage of agricultural land that districts can tax, while guaranteeing $500 per-pupil in state "foundation aid" for every school. The proposal would also allow districts to impose a local income tax, tied to a property tax cut. Reducing the percentage of farm and ranch land that districts can tax would let more districts qualify for state equalization aid under Nebraska's funding formula. Renee Fry of the OpenSky Policy Institute says the bill would move local governments away from their reliance on property taxes while preserving state aid for schools.
Proposal seeks to draw medical residents to rural Nebraska
Tuesday, 13 January 2015 12:13
Medical residents who work in under-served parts of Nebraska could receive up to $120,000 in loan repayments under a new bill in the Legislature.
Sen. Kathy Campbell of Lincoln proposed a loan reimbursement program Tuesday for areas designated as having a shortage of health care professionals. The bill would largely apply to rural areas which lack doctors.
The bill would let residents receive up to $40,000 a year in reimbursement, up to a maximum of $120,000. Residents would have to be enrolled or accepted into an approved medical specialty program in Nebraska.
Borrowers would have to practice in an approved specialty for at least one year in a shortage area, and accept Medicaid patients. Those who end their practice would have to repay 150 percent of the remaining principal.