December 11, 1974: Mayor Ed Zorinsky said he wants to squelch rumors that there would definitely be layoffs of city employees in 1975. Last month, the mayor said if the economy deteriorated greatly and city income was down, it might be necessary to lay off policemen, firemen and civilian city employees. The mayor met with the Omaha Police Union and told them he didn't anticipate layoffs.
1946: Omaha schools wanted a slice of the MUD tax melon. This was confirmed by school board member-elect Peter Mehrens, who asserted that MUD, instead of an annual payment of $150,000, should pay $400,000. Mehrens also said a certain percentage should go to the schools. “I have been working on this for some time,” he declared. “I'm not going to see the schools getting kicked around.”
1990: Some Douglas County Board members fired back at Mayor P.J. Morgan, saying his remarks implicating commissioners in an Ak-Sar-Ben sale were irresponsible and without foundation. After their regular board meeting, the commissioners took turns denying involvement in back-door meetings aimed at orchestrating a tax-supported bailout of Ak-Sar-Ben and its financially troubled race track. “I think it's pretty reckless to make accusations or implications about elected officials that are based solely on fiction,” Commissioner Howard Buffett said.
2004: The University of Nebraska could partner with the state's economic developers to promote a research tax incentive proposal in the 2005 legislative session. The idea was to provide a 15 percent tax credit to encourage businesses to invest in research at state institutions. “It makes sense to provide encouragement for the university to conduct research important to the private sector,” NU President J.B. Milliken said, “and for the private sector to invest in research at the state university.”