Public Policy Center, University of Nebraska


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NEBRASKA POLICY CHOICES 1988, ed.Russell L. Smith (Omaha, NE: Center for Applied Urban Research, 1988).


Copyright © 1988 University of Nebraska Board of Regents.


Taxing and spending decisions made by Nebraska's policy makers have different impacts on Nebraska's metropolitan and nonmetropolitan counties, even though these impacts may be unintended. Furthermore, Nebraska's counties are linked through the operation of state government. Through their fiscal actions policy makers can strengthen these links or cause them to deteriorate. Policy makers should begin to incorporate the geographic dimensions of their decisions into their decision making processes, especially as they are faced with issues concerning property tax relief and rural development. A data set describing the geographic distribution of Nebraska state government taxes and expenditures is offered here for review.