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Legislative bill roundup By Krista Vogel, Nebraska News Service

Senators in the Nebraska Legislature heard several bills from Feb. 28 to March 4. Here's a look at a few of the week's highlights:

LB 48: Sen. Charlie Janssen of Fremont introduced an immigration bill similar to Arizona's controversial law to the Judiciary Committee on March 2. The Illegal Immigration Enforcement Act would require law enforcement officials to check immigration statuses during stops and arrests if the officer has reasonable suspicion to believe the person is not a legal citizen of the state. The bill's constitutionality has been questioned, and law enforcement officials are wary of the bill's potential high costs to police forces. However, Janssen said illegal citizens are a burden to taxpayers.

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Flat rate income tax proposal draws cool response By Paige Yowell, Nebraska News Service

LINCOLN--The Revenue Committee of the Nebraska Legislature heard testimony March 2 on a bill that would impose a flat state income tax rate in 2014 and eliminate a number of widely used itemized tax credits and deductions.

LB 620, introduced by Sen. Tyson Larson of O'Neill, would tax all individual earners at a uniform rate of 3.5 percent.

Nebraska currently has a progressive tax system, which taxes individuals at a higher rate the more they earn.

The bill also would reduce the tax rate on corporations to a uniform 4.5 percent. The corporate rate would then decline by .1 percent every year until 2024, eventually reducing it to 3.5 percent.

The current corporate rates are 5.58 percent and 7.81 percent.

Along with reducing the tax rate for many individuals, LB 620 would eliminate several tax credits and change certain tax deductions.

Wed
02
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Four Sentenced In District Court

Four men were sentenced by Judge Paul W. Korslund in District Court last Thursday at the Jefferson County Courthouse.

Wed
02
Mar
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City Stands To Lose Nearly $35,000 In State Aid

Nebraska school districts aren't the only entities projected to be hit by a projected state budget deficit of $98 million. As part of Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman's plan to balance the budget financial aid to Nebraska cities and town will also be cut.

And according to Fairbury City Administrator Joe Parker, that effect locally would be huge.

"We would stand to lose $34,601 if the governor's measure advances," he said. "And right now we have every feeling that will happen as the bill has advanced from General to Select File and is one step away from being signed into law."

Parker said that $34,601 doesn't sound like a lot of money in the overall scheme of things. But with ever-tightening fiscal controls he said it does amount to about two percent of Fairbury's overall budget.

Wed
02
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Bird House Auction Will Benefit McNish Park Playground

Bird feeding is a hobby shared by millions of people around the world. Viewed by many as lovable outdoor pets, birds are delightful to watch. One of the best ways to view these outdoor pets is by feeding them. Not only will birdhouses benefit the birds locally, but here in Fairbury they will benefit our youth.

"The visitors committee has decided to have people decorate birdhouses and then they will be auctioned off at the Home and Garden Show," Steve Siefford, Fairbury Chamber assistant, said. "Then part of the proceeds will go to help purchase equipment for the playground at McNish Park. The visitors committee purchased the birdhouses and then donated them to any individual who was interested in decorating them."

Wed
02
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Homemade Pies Are Back At The Fairbury Sale Barn Cafe

The Fairbury Sale Barn Cafe is under new ownership and management and already the news has spread.

Dan Hasley purchased the business and has put Dawn Acker in charge of managing it with Ken Anderson as the cook.

Acker moved to Fairbury from Chicago seven months ago to reside in a family-owned home in Fairbury.

She has been in the food industry for over 20 years and felt the Cafe was the right fit for her.

As a child she would spend time with her family and the Sale Barn Cafe is where they would always eat.

"I can remember the big board with the long list of all of the pies on the wall, and I always thought that was really neat. I am trying to get that part back."

Both Acker and Anderson have fond memories of the Cafe and are hoping to return it to its' hayday.

Wed
02
Mar
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Homemade Pies Are Back At The Fairbury Sale Barn Cafe

The Fairbury Sale Barn Cafe is under new ownership and management and already the news has spread.

Dan Hasley purchased the business and has put Dawn Acker in charge of managing it with Ken Anderson as the cook.

Acker moved to Fairbury from Chicago seven months ago to reside in a family-owned home in Fairbury.

She has been in the food industry for over 20 years and felt the Cafe was the right fit for her.

As a child she would spend time with her family and the Sale Barn Cafe is where they would always eat.

"I can remember the big board with the long list of all of the pies on the wall, and I always thought that was really neat. I am trying to get that part back."

Both Acker and Anderson have fond memories of the Cafe and are hoping to return it to its' hayday.

Wed
02
Mar
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Fairbury Sees Eight Percent Loss In Population Numbers

For the first time in more than a century Fairbury has seen it's population dip to below 4,000 residents.

According to results just released from the 2010 United States Census, Fairbury had a population of 3,942 residents. That number is down eight percent or 320 residents from the 2000 census in which Fairbury had 4,262 residents. Fairbury's population peaked at approximately 7,000 residents in the mid 1950's.

Jefferson County fared no better than Fairbury, the county seat. County-wide numbers also posted large losses in population. The most recent figures for Jefferson County show a total population of 7,238 residents, a 13.2 percent drop from the 8,340 2000 census figures.

Neighboring communities reported a mixed bag of findings from the 2010 census.

Wed
02
Mar
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Council Reluctantly OK's Blight Study For Development

After nearly two minutes of what Fairbury City Council President Doug Brown called "awkward silence" members of the local governing body on Tuesday approved a measure that would allow a Lincoln-based firm to conduct a blighted and substandard survey in a portion of the city limits.

The study is being done at the behest of a consortium of business leaders led by Dick Allen, who are seeking to construct a new hotel in the former Wal-Mart parking lot. That complex, including building and grounds, is owned by a corporation affiliated with Allen. The study would aide in allowing the hotel developers to fund their project at least partially with TIF (tax increment financing) incentives, including up to a 15-year property tax abatement as an economic development incentive.

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02
Mar
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Wind Provides Golden Opportunity for Nebraska By John Crabtree, johnc@cfra.org, Center for Rural Affairs

Innovative legislation has been introduced in Nebraska by Senator Galen Hadley of Kearney to ensure that rural communities reap lasting benefits from development of wind energy in our state.

LB 432 provides a tax credit for wind farms that set aside stock for their employees or for a Job and Rural Trust Fund. The credit would reduce the sales tax on wind turbines producing electricity exported out of Nebraska.

The Job and Rural Trust Fund, as envisioned in the bill, would support critical economic and community development initiatives. Wind development projects that donate stock or other interests to the trust, would get an offsetting reduction in sales taxes.

The incentive for employee stock ownership would ensure that more rural people share in the wealth created by renewable energy development. The pride and commitment that come with ownership make a difference.

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