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Wed
15
Aug
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Will expanded healthcare in NE finally see the light of day?

For seven years, lawmakers have failed to expand health care coverage for an estimated 90,000 Nebraskans who can’t afford to purchase insurance on their own.

Governor Pete Ricketts and Governor Dave Heineman before him successfully thwarted the attempts in what has become one of the largest, most divisive partisan struggles in the officially nonpartisan Legislature. In case you forgot, there are way more Republicans than Democrats in the Legislature, well, in Nebraska for that matter. And the oft-suggested vehicle for providing the insurance — Medicaid expansion–apparently sounded too much like Obamacare.

 

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Wed
15
Aug
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Clear costs, fuzzy benefits of tax incentive programs

Each year the Nebraska Department of Revenue submits a report of the financial details of Nebraska’s tax incentive programs. Although the Nebraska Advantage Act is the largest, the report provides the benefits paid to companies participating in seven distinct programs. This year’s report identifies the fiscal impact to Nebraska taxpayers of 132 qualifying projects that have received benefits under one or more of the seven programs.

The Annual Report contains specific, detailed information about the benefits participant companies have received and will continue to receive from the program. To date, a total of $905 million in tax credits and $187 million in sales tax refunds have been given, with another $37 million in sales tax refunds pending approval. While sales tax refunds are paid to the company when earned, the tax credits represent a cumulative liability to Nebraska taxpayers.

 

Wed
08
Aug
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Just wing it

By Ashley D. Swanson

No matter how well I plan something, almost 99 percent of the time, nothing goes the way it’s supposed to.

Sometimes that can be good, especially because you never know what could happen, but usually on a larger scale, it causes unwanted stress and headaches. Just depends on the situation.

 

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Wed
08
Aug
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Always a uniquely special weekend

By Tory Duncan

When I moved to Clay County in June 2009, well honestly, over Memorial Weekend that year, I was really surprised at how busy Clay County was and still is with community events, school events and such.

However, there are several events that every year have become at the top of my list for meaningful events and fun to boot.

 

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Wed
01
Aug
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Shark Week drives love of sharks

By Ashley D. Swanson

Picture it: you’re sitting on a surfboard or a boat and you see the dorsal fin rise above the waves.

Instinctively, thanks in part to a 1975 movie and the fact that the body attached to the dorsal fin has a number of incredibly sharp teeth, your nerves shoot up and instantly the shore seems better than the water.

Sharks are not everyone’s favorite animal. Probably for good reason, but I cannot get over the fact that even though these animals could kill me with one bite, I love them.

 

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Wed
01
Aug
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‘The calm before the storm’

By Tory Duncan

This week’s thoughts almost feel like that of the “Twas the night before Christmas,” only instead of Christmas, I’m going with “Twas the night before school begins.”

Well almost anyway. 

I’ve come to feel that the older I get, the quicker life goes! One week I’m enjoying the roads less traveled in Nebraska, to what I’ll say is the “calm before the storm,” as it just amazes me that the school year is nearly upon us.

 

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Wed
25
Jul
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10 years of fair time, post-fair time

By Tory Duncan
ccntory@gmail.com

Processing the 2018 Clay County Fair each year brings new highlights for this guy each and every year.

This year, to see all of the young junior division 4-H’ers working their tails off was a great delight for me.

But I maintain that each and every year, the work that goes on within 4-H clubs and other clubs helping anyone out is an ultimate highlight for me.

 

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Wed
25
Jul
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The importance of discussing health

By Ashley D. Swanson
ccnashley@gmail.com

Thursday, July 19, I found myself among others from around the county at the United Christian Church in Clay Center for a meeting and discussion on something many of us tend to forget about—health.

The discussion moved from what important health options we felt were missing from the county, but also ones we felt were available.

We covered every type of health situation, from cancer, to mental wellness, to the overall health of a person, and everything in between.

 

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Wed
18
Jul
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Clay Co. Fair a place to call home

By Ashley D. Swanson

Every year, without fail, as soon as I step onto the dirt at the Clay County Fairgrounds, I’m engulfed in the feeling of home.

No matter what else may being going on with life, all of it drains away and my mind is refocused on the events, the shows, and the people of the Clay County Fair.

 

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Wed
18
Jul
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The time is now for your thoughts

By Tory Duncan

Traditionally I kind of wrap up the Clay County Fair while it is fresh in my mind, but this year, my county fair thoughts are going to have to stay fresh in my mind for another week, which I will share in next week’s paper when we publish our annual special salute to the hard working kids, parents, grandparents and all the amazing volunteers that make what is one of my favorite events of the year in the county.

This year, it is my position this week to ask YOU all for your feedback.

 

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