A busy day for the Governor and his staff before he jets off to Chicago and the Orthopedist to the Stars…
Governor Pete Ricketts and Speaker Galen Hadley announced today that they will be sending out “Property Tax Relief Notices” to Nebraska Taxpayers.
They’ll look like this:
But wait (you say), these aren’t the official tax bills! Couldn’t they just have sent out a press release and said “notice that your tax bill is lower on your current bill,” or somesuch?
As the Gov says in his release:
The credit is listed on tax bills sent by county treasurers to property owners. The language used to describe the credit varies from county-to-county, and it is not always clear where the credit originated from, what the purpose of the credit is, or how it impacts the tax bill.
“These notices are important to helping taxpayers understand the full impact of the tax relief they are being provided through the Property Tax Credit Relief Fund.”
Well that…and it’s a worthless political endeavor if you don’t tell everyone what they got.
I was reminded a few months back how a former Governor provided a major tax relief, but decided that it would be too expensive to send out over half a million postcards just to gain the political benefit of a notice.
And that move turned out to be politically penny-wise and pound foolish.
No doubt Ricketts has either been educated on the subject and is ignoring the short term costs for the political gain.
The Governor also made announcements on two appointments.
First, he appointed Brian Kruse as the new Douglas County Election Commissioner. Many people find Kruse to be extremely competent, energetic and a good choice overall. One thing that is interesting is the release that the Governor sent out noting Kruse, “most recently served as treasurer for State Senator Beau McCoy’s gubernatorial campaign.”
Ah, that. The Rickettses have often been seen as neglecting any post-election fence-mending, and one wonders if, beyond Kruse’s qualifications, they also wanted to show that they could reach across the invisible aisle within the party.
That remains to be seen. But while the handling of the firing…er…non-reappointment of Dave Phipps was somewhat ham-fisted, the Kruse in this gig should be a good start.
The other appointment that the Governor announced is Courtney Dentlinger as the Economic Development Director. Dentlinger, of Norfolk, was thought by many to be the “leader in the clubhouse” at the point of the announcement of the three finalists for the job.
The question though, was why announce the “finalists” for the job when you’re just going to give your pick two days later? It is not as if someone out of the loop had a chance to vet the three people. All they really did was come out and say, “Here are the two people we didn’t pick. Good luck in your old job.”
At this point anyway, one hopes that Ms. Dentlinger doesn’t run into the potential buzzsaw that could be Cabellas…
Pretty sweet part-time gig
Mike Boyle, Jim Cavanaugh, Clare Duda and Jim Rogers of the Douglas County Board gave themselves a 33% raise this morning for their part-time jobs.
According to the OWH:
Board members’ annual salary, now $37,304 a year, will increase to $43,594 in 2017, and then to $49,884 in 2018.
Boyle had said he wanted to catch up Douglas County Board salaries with Lancaster County Board pay.
Is he kidding?
Because he had Board envy with Lancaster County?
Because he needs to keep up with the Lancasters?
Because he was threatening to take his talents to Lincoln otherwise?
Because otherwise they will have a difficult time recruiting people to run for a job that requires occasional votes, that no one really knows about?
Former Omaha Mayor P.J. Morgan, a Douglas County Board member (did you even know that?) voted against the raise, along with Mary Ann Borgeson and Marc Kraft.
Morgan said, “It’s the wrong thing for us to be doing for a number of reasons.”
Heck, it would be interesting to know a single RIGHT reason for this.
By the way, State Senators make $12,000 a year.
See, he still thinks it was the video-maker’s fault
Warren Buffett and Brad Ashford expressed their love of Hillary Clinton today.
Nothing new for Buffett. Heck my wife and I ran into him giving Hillary a private shopping tour of Borsheims back in 2000 (they still had to keep the doors open as we walked past the Secret Service dudes.)
But Ashford’s sloppy wet kiss for Hillary will be an interesting one for the coming year:
“Her decades of public service have prepared her to lead our nation during these turbulent times.”
Yes, just think of all her accomplishments as Secretary of State, for example…
Well there was that Libya thing…maybe there’s a movie coming out about it…
And she has expressed her confusion about how email works…
And she condemned the sexual assault allegations against her husband before all the facts were known…
And she did fail at something called, “Hillary-care“…
But Ashford is correct that she has been around for a lot of years.
Just like he has…
Finally, I asked around about the Ricketts knee surgery, just because.
The Gov said he’s going to Chicago for it, because he wants to do it outpatient, and it’s “fairly new”.
Well…yes, there is a prominent Orthopedic Surgeon to the Stars in Chicagoland who may have pioneered the non-invasive total-knee surgery (and I only say “may have” b/c I haven’t delved into the history). But that was about 10 years ago.
Nowadays, as attested to by Dr. Kevin Garvin, professor and chairman of Orthopedic Surgery and Rehabilitation at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and through some personal questioning to Omaha-area Orthopods, the total-knee outpatient surgery is well-available in the Omaha area, and beyond.
But as these things go, the marketing of medicine is as much a thing as it is in any field.
There are docs that are suggested, and there are those who are not.
And if you’ve got the cash, there are people who say you MUST go to so-and-so doctor.
C’est la vie.
And of course, you know what they say about being an Orthopedic Surgeon, right?
You have to be as strong as an ox…and as smart as one too.
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