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Laura Ebke

Laura Ebke

Laura Ebke is a lifelong Nebraskan who has lived in Crete for more than 25 years. She has a doctorate in political science from the University of Nebraska, serves as a senior fellow of the Platte Institute and previously served for four years in the Nebraska Legislature and 12 years on the Crete school board. She is a wife, mother of three and grandma of one.

COMMENTARY

Minimum wage could be both blessing and curse for employees

By: - October 18, 2022

In 2014, Nebraska voters passed Initiative 425 by a margin of almost 20 points (59.47% to 40.53%). This initiative raised Nebraska’s minimum wage above the federal minimum wage, going from $7.25 to $8 on Jan, 1, 2015, and then to $9 on Jan. 1, 2016. Once again, Nebraska voters will weigh in on the minimum […]

COMMENTARY

Go big for Nebraska’s small towns and businesses

By: - May 2, 2022

Even people born in Nebraska might struggle to find the village of Ohiowa on a state map. But this community of about 100 residents in Fillmore County has been host to visitors from all over the world, many who found their way thanks to Lazy Horse Brewing and Winery. The drinking and dining establishment earns […]