January 2004      Vol. 13, No. 1  REAP HOME PAGE  A publication of the Center for Rural Affairs    
January 2004      Newsletter
  • Budget Shortfall Looms over Nebraska Legislature
    The regular session of the Nebraska Legislature begins January 7, 2004 and concludes in mid-April. Funding for essential microenterprise services has paid major economic development dividends in the state and is urgently needed across rural Nebraska.

    BY JEFF REYNOLDS, RURAL ENTERPRISE ASSISTANCE PROJECT (REAP) PROGRAM DIRECTOR

    Nebraska and a number of other states face unprecedented budget woes. The current two-year budget, which began on July 1, 2003, included $344 million in tax increases. The economic forecasting board, which meets three times a year, uses economic and other data to predict state tax revenue.  [more]
     

  • REAP Advisory Committee Notes
     
  • Small Business Fair at Annual Gathering
     
  • Do You Know What Your Competitors Are Up To?
     
  • THREE CHEERS -- Hip Hip Hooray!
    This column salutes REAP businesses that are finding ways to increase their success.
    This month we profile a unique enterprise blend to supplement agriculture in Orleans, Nebraska

    REAP Notes  Free Resources for Rural Small Businesses and more
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