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Jim Vokal

Jim Vokal

Jim Vokal, of Omaha, is chief executive officer at the Platte Institute and the host of the Nebraskanomics podcast.

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Closing Nebraska’s property tax honesty gap with Truth in Taxation

By: - August 24, 2022

Recent reports that Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert’s proposed 2023 budget contains no tax increase is a prime example of an honesty gap in how Nebraska leaders discuss local property taxes. In fact, the proposal would increase property tax revenues more than 6%. Even I should accept some blame for the honesty gap. As past president […]

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Unicameral videos can strengthen First Amendment freedoms

By: - March 8, 2022

Outlets like the Nebraska Examiner and the Flatwater Free Press exist because nonprofit foundations are recognizing that the traditional for-profit news model is in decline. Local newsrooms have been hollowed out around the country as media consumption habits have fundamentally changed.  People can instantly find any information they might want — for good or ill […]