National Research Council Finds Energy Industry Facing Worker Shortage Due To Retirements

National Research Council Finds Energy Industry Facing Worker Shortage Due To Retirements. (Associated Press March 21, 2013) reports that a National Research Council report issued Thursday found the US doesn't have a large enough supply of "qualified workers to meet the future needs of the mining...

Johanns will not seek reelection

  Omaha World Herald 2/18/2013 Mike Johanns wants some “quiet time.”The Nebraska Republican rocked the state's political world today with the announcement that he would not run for re-election when his term ends in 2014.Johanns said it was time to “close this chapter” in his life. He...

A vertical batteground for agriculture, utlities

February 10, 2013 3:30 am • By ART HOVEY / Lincoln Journal Star JournalStar.com's legislative coverage “Ask before you dig” is asking a lot, according to those who do soil sampling work for a fee for Nebraska farmers. Not really, say representatives for rural utilities. Getting...

NPA Testimony in Opposition to LB 405, the Governors proposal to elimnate individual and corporate income tax

Nebraska Power Association Opposition Statement - LB 405 February 6, 2013 Chairman Hadley, Members of the Revenue Committee, my name is John McClure. I am the Vice President of Governmental Affairs and General Counsel for Nebraska Public Power District, and I am testifying today on behalf of the...

Gov. Heineman: Eliminate the Income Tax for Nebraskans & Corporate Tax for Businesses

(Lincoln, Neb.) - Gov. Dave Heineman delivered his State of the State address today focusing on the need for tax reform that will benefit working and retired Nebraskans, and growing the State’s economy by helping small businesses prosper. Gov. Heineman is calling for the elimination of the...

2013 NREA Unicameral Update Blog

2013 NREA Unicameral Update Blog (Updated 05/03/2013)

'Nebraska Legislature convenes, elects leaders'

(Unicameral Update) -- The Unicameral Update reports, "The 103rd Nebraska Legislature convened Jan. 9 for the 90-day first session. Eleven new members were sworn into office and senators were elected to serve as chairpersons of the Legislature's standing committees."  The story notes that York Sen...

Slowdown Seen in Electricity Prices

Slowdown Seen in Electricity Prices By Steven Johnson | ECT Staff Writer Published: December 11th, 2012 Ratepayers are getting a bit of a break on the price of electricity, according to the latest government analysis. The Energy Information...

PPD Political Success Stories

  By Steven Johnson | ECT Staff WriterPublished: May 7th, 2012 Here’s how you know that a political outreach program is working—at a town hall meeting, a lawmaker defers to a co-op representative to explain the details of legislation. That happened not long ago in Iowa, when a state legislator...

Political Success Lies in Grassroots

By Steven Johnson | ECT Staff WriterPublished: May 1st, 2012 Electric cooperative leaders need to know that political muscle at the grassroots level still carries more weight when it comes to influencing members of Congress than buckets full of campaign cash, according to a trio of congressional...

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