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State law sets a 5.5 percent state sales tax on goods bought at brick-and-mortar stores as well as those bought online. Landscape depot But while those brick-and-mortar stores are required to collect the tax, online sales tax collection is left to an honor system in which taxpayers are expected to report and pay when they file their state income taxes.

The state, by looking the other way, gives online retailers a price advantage over local stores, which employ more than 100,000 people statewide. Cbs sports fantasy basketball This failing honor system is unfair to retail employers and employees who live and invest in our communities.

State senators can consider one of two bills before them that would require online businesses of varying sizes to collect the sales tax. Landscape definition art This is already being done by states such as South Dakota and Colorado. Paving block The Colorado law passed muster in federal court.

The fiscal stakes are large for the state. Baseball league Amazon, the nation’s largest online retailer, has voluntarily started collecting Nebraska’s sales tax. Asphalt paving process The Nebraska Department of Revenue estimates the state will collect about $28 million in sales taxes on those purchases in 2017-18. Fastpitch softball pitching rules That’s from one, albeit large, online retailer.

But setting aside revenue considerations, this is a matter of principle. Dripping springs high school Lawmakers should focus on fixing a flawed process by fairly applying an existing tax. Backyard baseball 1997 It’s time to level this playing field.

If Sen. Backyard landscaping plans Jim Smith of Papillion thought he could fool people into thinking that there is more support for a dubious income tax cut plan than there actually is, he must have a poor opinion of Nebraskans’ ability to see things for themselves.

Smith cut off testimony on the plan at a public hearing Wednesday, leaving opponents who had spent hours on the road to testify without a chance to present their objections.

Meanwhile, Gov. Fantasyland Pete Ricketts and Revenue Director Tony Fulton had only to walk down the hall from their offices in the Capitol to the hearing room, where they got unlimited time. Baseball america top 100 And other proponents were allowed far more time than opponents as well.

It’s true that the hearing before the Revenue Committee went on for seven hours, but Nebraskans may have to live with the effect of the misguided plan for years. Garden of words english dub If the Legislature intends to make a change of this magnitude, it’s worth taking the time to make sure all aspects are thoroughly explored.

For years, Nebraskans have howled about property taxes. Pitch dark pack Now, Ricketts and others are trying to harness that energy in support of an income tax cut for Nebraskans at the top.

That’s why so many people showed up at the Capitol to testify in opposition to the plan. Washington softball They want property tax relief, not tax cuts that would benefit the richest Nebraskans.

It’s part of a national movement, apparently funded by the Koch brothers and other wealthy individuals who pour money anonymously into political organizations like Trees of Liberty, an organization responsible for duplicitous mail advertising in the last election that ousted some incumbents.

For one thing, it would put a time bomb in the state tax system. Francesca eastwood height Think about the implications. Facebook stock value The Legislature is preparing to make deep cuts in the budget for the University of Nebraska

The university is an economic driver for the state. Asphalt 8 download It provides a talented workforce and research that helps employers grow and prosper. Baseball drills The university is the ladder by which young Nebraskans can climb to a better life.

The income cut plan sets a bomb that would detonate just as an increased flow of revenue might allow the university to recover some of the ground it lost in the current economic downturn.

It’s often said that in Nebraska’s unique one-house Legislature the people are the second house. College softball players On Wednesday in front of the Revenue Committee the people got the shaft.

A rose to … Facebook mobile lawmaker restraint. Garden state parkway traffic This week in Lincoln, the Legislature’s Executive Board wisely voted against advancing a resolution to redesign Nebraska’s state flag this year. Lattice The logical side of our brain is telling us that delaying the redesign is sensible because there are so many more important issues to tackle: prison overcrowding, a property tax crisis in farm country, and a projected $1 billion funding gap over the next two years.

The emotional side of our brains is relieved because, with the flag redesign on hold, we only need to deal with the assault on our sensibilities from our state’s new license plates. Espn fantasy football cheat sheet 2015 It’s good to know our lawmakers have mercifully spared us from another comedy of bad design this year by delaying the state flag makeover until 2018.

A rose to … Basketball rio 2016 results auditors. Patchworkz Where would Nebraskans be without the bean counters to sniff out the many fiscal embarrassments at the state’s Department of Health and Human Services? The latest audit discovered that HHS is continuing to overpay benefits and that there’s still a backlog of cases — 11,580 to be precise.

Nebraska taxpayers could soon be responsible for covering most of the overpayments because so many are almost one year old — too old to pursue based on state and federal law.

The silver lining in the cloud of red ink floating over HHS is that the supersized department has been taking steps to tighten up its procedures and reduce the overpayment of benefits. Baseball field images If HHS can’t get it right, does that give other agencies who are loose with their money a license to continue their wasteful ways?

A raspberry to … Lattice energy squeamish eaters. Facebook stock history They’re not the target market for a new Nebraska business that’s trying to figure out just how many insects it can mix into its food. Home design ideas Bugeater Foods, which is working from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus, is using finely ground crickets in pasta and rice products while maintaining flavorful taste and cooking qualities.

The Bugeater Foods pitch is to sell customers on the nutritional value of crickets, which are high in protein, healthy fats, fiber, vitamins and minerals. Simple landscaping ideas The biggest hurdle, obviously, is the revulsion many people have about consuming insects, even if they’re nutritious.

If Bugeaters products could find their way onto the Huskers’ training table, and our athletes run faster, and with all that cricket energy, jump higher, then perhaps Bugeater products will find space in pantries across the Cornhusker State.

Without fast quality care, a stroke can leave its victim in a terrible state. Gardening zones However, the right help given in a timely fashion can save the brain and mean a full recovery.

At the top of the list is Regional West Medical Center, a Level II Trauma Center, one of only three in Nebraska and it is right here in Scottsbluff. Facebook desktop login They have attracted some of the best nurses, doctors and staff providing care to all of us in rural Nebraska.

This great crew recently was honored by Healthgrades as the five-star recipient for the treatment of stroke, the treatment of sepsis, the treatment of pulmonary embolism, the treatment of respiratory failure and for esophageal/stomach surgeries. Softball positions These are impressive honors.

There is Box Butte General Hospital in Alliance, Sidney Regional Medical Center in Sidney, Morrill County Hospital in Bridgeport, Community Hospital in Torrington, Kimball Health Services in Kimball and Community Action Partnership of Western Nebraska’s Health Center — all providing great health care for all of us in western Nebraska.

Sometimes we feel distanced from the big city amenities, but even out here in western Nebraska, we never have to take backseat to quality health care. Sales pitch To all you in the health care field, we say, “thank you.”