ESU Coordinating Council
November 15, 2016 4:00 PM
Legislative Committee Meeting
1. Call to Order
Rationale

Notice to visitors:  To be heard at this meeting, the "Request to be Heard" form, must be completed and submitted to the Secretary to the Executive Director of ESUCC.  The President of the Board of ESUCC will call upon visitors wishing to address the Board in the order they were submitted or by subject.

Pursuant to Section 84-1411 of the Nebraska Statutes, notice of this meeting was given by advertisement on the ESUCC website, NE Public Meeting site, and host site.

Open Meetings Law
: Pursuant to Section 84 - 1412 of the Nebraska Statutes, the public is hereby informed that a current copy of the Nebraska Open Meetings Act is posted in this meeting room. 

Discussion

Meeting call to order at 4:02 PM

 


2. Roll Call
3. Agenda Item
Chair of Committee
3.A. TIF (Tax Increment Financing) - Haase Presentation
Committee Chair - Calvert
Rationale

Hasse TIF Presentation Recording

Attachments
Discussion

Committee to be more informed on TIF (Tax Increment Financing).  TIF takes growing value that wouldn't otherwise grow (blighted/substandard land property).  Karen Haase shared a presentation with the Committee.  Financing for public improvements when there are no other public or private funds to finance it.  Tax - not new tax.  Increment - additional tax revenues created by increase in assessed value.  Financing issue non- recourse bonds.  Define boundary, tax base is frozen and redevelopment starts.  The decrease value of the property - the increase of valuation goes towards bonds.  The increase rate of property remains the same.  TIFs can not exceed fifteen years.  A TIF needs to be within the corporate boundaries of the city.  City may choose to annex non-contiguous land to develop.  The TIF area needs to be declared blighted.  The Platte Institute has done study on TIFs. 

3.B. Open Sky Policy Institute Presentation
Attachments
Discussion

Tiffany Seibert-Joekel from Open Sky Institute was present for a presentation.  Non-partisan/non-profit think tank open on tax and budget issues with education finance.  Education is about 45% of state budget.  They talk about the funding for state level program.  We are below the historical average.  The low budget growth is because we appropriate much more than actually spending.  TEOSA average growth was a little over 2%.  Local resources have been high, shifted to property taxes instead of state funds.  In FY17, the legislature is short over $911 mil for the biennium.  FY16 was short $100 mil and add in the first three months an additional $42 mil.  The will result in a 10% budget cut.  NDE department 10% was cut from TEOSA.  This will result in a shift toward property taxes.  Comprehensive tax reform in the works.  Cuts to income tax, paid for by shift to sales tax.  Increasing the sale tax rate, expanding what we tax?  (taxi vs limo, spa, food, etc)  Shortfall is partial due to Ag shortage, downfall.  Open Sky has been working with education leaders with evidence base policies and strategies that we should be investing in for education.  Nebraska Education Collaboration - they will create a website, provide papers, etc to help with investing in education.  If interested in helping register at openskypolicy.org.  Discussion regarding tax on internet purchasing. 

3.C. Tax Reform Meeting
Committee Chair - Calvert
Rationale

A meeting was scheduled at NCSA with all agency stakeholders on Tuesday, September 27 regarding tax reform issues.  The meeting was facilitated by the Open Sky Policy Institute specific to needed investments in education.  A collaborative legislative plan will be developed designed to tell our story within K-12 Public Education. 

Attachments
Discussion

Executive Director reviewed meeting at NCSA with all agency stakeholders on Tuesday, October 31, 2016, to come up with actionable items.  What are the common investments we need to address for every students, every day.  Long term strategy that will meet the needs of all students.  The next meeting will be on November 22, 2016. 

3.D. Legislative Planning Update
Executive Director Ludwig
Attachments
Discussion

Committee Chair reviewed the discussion from meeting regarding legislative marketing plan.  Begin planning on the entire legislative process.  Bromm provided a legislative overview.  Big change in leadership - speaker (Sheer/Williams), education chair (Sheer/Grone), and other chairs.  There are roughly 32 republicans, 15 democrats, 1 independent, 1 libertarian senators.  Try to schedule a meeting with the Governor before the session begins or early January.  Twelve new senators, discuss how to make contacts with them. 

3.D.I. Legislative Goals
Executive Director Ludwig
Rationale

  • Core funding
  • ESUCC funding
  • eLearning funding
  • ESU facilities funding
  • State Audit
  • Extended services statewide
  • Ongoing communication and awareness

Long Term

  • Review Rule 84
  • Review and/or revise the definition for Core Services

Legislative Meeting June 13, 2016 - notes from Legislative meeting on June 13, 2016. 

Discussion

Executive Director reviewed the legislative goals.  Commissioner to be at November meeting to discuss biennial budget.  Core Funding is maxed in the biennial budget.  Executive Director to visit with Roy Baker regarding QCPUF.  He will meet with State Auditor on future of state audits.  Continue to have communications with Senators.

3.D.I.a. Governor Meeting
Executive Director Ludwig
Discussion

Try to schedule a meeting with the Governor before the session begins or early January.

3.D.I.b. Marketing - Individual Visits
Discussion

Executive Director to help schedule individual visits with ESUs and Legislators.  

3.D.I.c. Marketing - Whole Group Presentation, February 23, 2017
Rationale

We have been approved for Room 1023 in the Capitol from 10:00AM - 1:00PM on Thursday, Feb. 23rd. 
There will be a screen provided, but you will have to bring your own computer and projector equipment.

Discussion

Jason and Curt Bromm reserved a conference room on February 23, 2017 in Room 1023 in the Capitol from 10:00AM - 1:00PM.  The goal of the conference room presentation is to tell our story regarding each ESU relative to statewide, regional and local support.

 

 

 




3.D.I.c.-. ESUCC Data
Committee Chair - Calvert
Rationale

ESUCC Data

Discussion

ESUCC is working to gather data for statewide data to be used at the whole group presentation. 

3.D.I.d. ESUCC/ESU Promotional Flyer
Rationale

The topic of updating the ESUCC/ESU flyer was presented during the previous committee meeting.  Could we find a date(s) in which the committee can meet to review and/or revise the flyer to more accurately tell our story.

Discussion

The committee met to review the 50th Celebration flyer.  Larianne Polk shared our draft flyer. 





3.D.I.e. NE Loves Public Schools
Committee Chair - Calvert
Rationale

NCSA has organized ambassador's for NE Loves Public Schools.  Representatives presented to ESU 3 and 5 Superintendents regarding the program.  At the present time Mike Dulaney is scheduled to visit with this committee in November regarding assistance for ESUCC/ESU's.

Discussion

NCSA has organized ambassador's for NE Loves Public Schools.  Representatives presented to ESU 3 and 5 Superintendents regarding the program.  At the present time Mike Dulaney is scheduled to visit with this committee in November regarding assistance for ESUCC/ESU's.



3.D.I.f. Government Relations (Bromm)
Curt and Jason Bromm
4. Next Meetings Agenda Items
Chair of Committee
5. Executive Session
Rationale

The ESU Coordinating Council is authorized by state statute to enter into executive session. Executive session may be held when clearly necessary for the protection of the public interest or for the prevention of needless injury to the reputation of an individual. Reasons that meet this standard include but are not limited to: (a) strategy sessions with respect to collective bargaining, real estate matters, pending litigation, or litigation which is imminent as evidenced by communication of a claim or threat of litigation to or by the public body; (b) discussion regarding deployment of security personnel or devices; (c) investigative proceedings regarding allegations of criminal misconduct; (d) evaluation of the job performance of a person when necessary to prevent needless injury to the reputation of a person and if such person has not requested a public meeting; and (e) legal advice.

Explanation

At this point, it is appropriate for the Board to meet in closed session for one of the stated matters and/or any other permissible closed session matters in compliance with the law.

PROPOSAL:

That the Board hold a closed session:

1. For strategy session with respect to negotiations/collective bargaining clearly necessary for the protection of the public interest or for the prevention of needless injury to the reputation of an individual in compliance with the law.

2. For strategy session with respect to property/real estate matters clearly necessary for the protection of the public interest or for the prevention of needless injury to the reputation of an individual in compliance with the law.

3. For strategy session with respect to pending litigation, or litigation which is imminent as evidenced by communication of a claim or threat of litigation to or by the public body clearly necessary for the protection of the public interest or for the prevention of needless injury to the reputation of an individual in compliance with the law.

4. For discussion regarding deployment of security personnel or devices clearly necessary for the protection of the public interest or for the prevention of needless injury to the reputation of an individual in compliance with the law.

5. For investigative proceedings regarding allegations of criminal misconduct clearly necessary for the protection of the public interest or for the prevention of needless injury to the reputation of an individual in compliance with the law.

6. For personnel and the evaluation of job performance clearly necessary for the protection of the public interest or for the prevention of needless injury to the reputation of an individual in compliance with the law.

7. For discussions of the legal consequences of specific action and legal advice clearly necessary for the protection of the public interest or for the prevention of needless injury to the reputation of an individual in compliance with the law.

6. Adjournment
Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  Motion to adjourn to 5:27 PM passed with a motion by Schnoes ESU 03 and a second by Lofquist ESU 09.