The Wheels Down Politics Show – Mayor Jean Stothert

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Jean Stothert 005An interview with Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert.

Jerry Kratochvil sits down with Mayor Stothert in her office to talk about where she is almost exactly one half of the way through her term as Mayor. They discuss the new fire union contract and how it actually affects city finances.

Then they look back at some of the promises she made as a candidate in the 2013 election, via the TV ads she ran.

They close by discussing the one Omaha restaurant that many don’t know about, but should.

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  1. TexasAnnie says:

    Don’t know Jean Stothert. She came to leadership after my departure from Omaha. Good to hear she’s got labor contracts, pensions and the bond rating under control. Those are good accomplishments.

    But then she goes on to discuss the restaurant tax, which she admits is not a fair tax (revenue does not benefit entertainment industry but rather general city expense), yet it’s property tax relief she sought.

    And she discusses partnerships with institutions beyond her control (schools, business, the chamber, etc.) and finds city money to do their bidding (after school, summer jobs, economic development, etc). There’s half a million for summer jobs, there’s TIF financing, recreational venues, public-private partnerships, etc. all vying for taxpayer dollars. There’s plenty more for her to cut!

  2. FYI says:

    The estimate provided by the Suttle administration on the restaurant tax is bogus. The Financial director said they arrived at an estimate of 30 million but cut it in half because they did not think many restaurants would be able to comply.

    Also, it is not really 7 + 2.5 but 7 x 2.5 so your total tax is 9.68 which is basically ten percent.

  3. Hesdeadjim says:

    @FYI your explanation of the tax is wrong, but your point is right. The restaurant tax, taxes the sales tax you already paid.

  4. To Sweeper says:

    Great interview, How about interviewing some movers and shakers like Rod Edwards on the Lincoln Mayor’s race and Jessica Moenning on state politics. Those are 2 pretty influential people.

  5. Anonymous says:

    If Rod Edwards is a mover and a shaker, then what happened with Governor Bruning. Most likely Jessica wants to keep a low two sided profile.

  6. Outsider says:

    Wow so much misunderstanding of taxes. The restaurant tax should be calculated first. It is then added to the total meal bill and the state and local tax rate of 7% is applied to that total. You cannot come up with a single “rate” to use and the sales tax must be separately stated on the customer’s bill.

  7. LB 623 says:

    I am a fan of Wheels Down Politics and hoping that it is a great success. Mayor Stothert could have shared her position on LB 623.

    Breaking news on Wheels Down Politics would be great.

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