I live in Lincoln, and there are very few things here I would recommend any city copy. If anything I would highly recommend the 45-minute drive to Omaha.
My property taxes are too high. Driving in Lincoln is an awful experience. I could dedicate a chapter in a book to how bad driving is in Lincoln. City planning is very, very bad. There are not enough four-lane roads here to handle the traffic. We're talking major thoroughfares that are still two-lane roads. Traffic light timing is so bad that it is a 37-minute drive from one end of Lincoln to the other.
Economic development is not in the forefront in local government's eyes. We have lost several large companies to other cities in recent years (Ace Hardware Warehouse, Cushman, National Crane, Gallup, etc.), while not bringing in even one new one (although Verizon is supposed to be coming). Many other smaller companies have left for towns on the outskirts of Lincoln, where they were offered startup concessions and tax breaks.
In Omaha there is an economic boom! Gallup relocated to Omaha to a campus developed solely for them. This is an area along the Missouri River that has transformed old brick buildings into condominiums, with plenty of open space and beautiful views. All of this is private development brought on by tax breaks from the city. Omaha is continuing to grow, with Mutual of Omaha unveiling its new campus recently. Even the "bad" parts of town have seen renovation with more to come.
Omaha is pretty much a 25-minute city, meaning that you can drive from one end to another in 25 minutes or less. Traffic signals are timed accordingly. My wife and I travel to Omaha each week to sample the many fine restaurants throughout the city; in Lincoln, Applebee's is considered fine dining. Home prices are much lower, and taxes are lower in Omaha. Snow removal is much better than in Lincoln. Even the price of gasoline is much lower in Omaha.
So please don't settle for the likes of Lincoln, Nebraska. This is not the city you'd want to follow. If Lincoln takes away the state government, the university and the three prisons, then we'd probably have to pick up and move to Arkansas, though not too close to Wal-Mart.
An effort to prohibit employers from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity was shelved Tuesday for the legislative session.
Louisiana won't lessen its penalties for marijuana possession, keeping laws on the books that allow people to be jailed up to 20 years for repeat offenses of having the drug in hand.
“This is one of the oldest divides that exists, and that divide is about the haves and the have-nots.”
It took a few weeks for the pitfalls to emerge in the governor’s $25 billion budget, but the time of judgment has finally arrived.
With pressure continuing to build for him to resign, Congressman Vance McAllister announced plans recently to remain secluded during the Easter break, but the Swartz Republican has said he’ll be back on the Hill casting votes and attending committee meetings when the congressional recess ends April 28.
A bid to limit the use of unmanned aircraft on private property in Louisiana stalled Monday in the Louisiana Senate.
A Shreveport lawmaker said Monday he's scrapping his proposal to name the Bible as Louisiana's official state book.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday, April 22, 2014:
Tuesday's Blogs from the Bog!
Attorney hopes fellow lawyers will join him in urging the D.A. to step aside and allow a competent, ethical challenger to take over the scandal-ridden office.
An official with the Louisiana Department of Education was arrested on a range of charges Friday after allegedly breaking into a home and brandishing a knife.
State Rep. Stuart Bishop says he’s concerned with the quality of Capitol Lake, but when it comes to Louisiana’s coastline, this Lafayette Republican doesn't seem to give a damn.
Democrats sweating this year's elections may be hoping that the Obama administration's latest delay to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline takes a politically fraught issue off the table for the midterms.
Louisiana lawmakers are entering the second half of their three-month regular legislative session, which must end by June 2. Where some of the major issues stand:
Local and state agents Thursday night raided The Keg, the popular college bar located in the area known as The Strip, leading to the (at least) temporary closure of the venue.
Time and time again, the Lafayette Parish School Board shows an overwhelming tendency toward idiocy, but Wednesday night’s contentious discussion over Northside High School’s teen mother program tops the list of dumb discussions.
“The accomplishment of this goal within the next ten years is not only critical for the region to effectively compete with other regions for residents and businesses, but also to provide an amenity for everyone in Acadiana to enjoy.”
Education Superintendent John White says a continued push to try to keep Louisiana from using tests associated with the Common Core education standards are creating "a state of chaos" for public school teachers.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to use $210 million in surplus and one-time money to help balance next year's budget received the backing Thursday of the State Bond Commission, support that was needed for the maneuver to work.
State wildlife and fisheries agents have arrested a 39-year-old man accused of stealing crawfish.
An East Feliciana Parish lawmaker has jettisoned his proposal to make it harder for a condemned prisoner to appeal a death sentence.
Senators advanced a proposal Wednesday that would let the governor remove New Orleans-area levee board members for violating what he considers to be public policy, despite concerns it would introduce political meddling into state flood protection.
The Lafayette City-Parish Council on Tuesday will vote on a resolution that if approved would clear the way for a December ballot proposition asking voters to approve a 1-cent sales tax parishwide to help fund the construction of a new terminal at Lafayette Regional Airport.
Just days before the fourth anniversary of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster and oil spill, the Coast Guard has moved cleanup of Louisiana's coast to a new phase, allowing BP to end its "active" efforts in the area.
Legislators still must leave their guns at the door of the Louisiana Capitol.