President Clinton's strategy to strengthen the economy is based on reducing the federal budget deficit, lowering trade barriers, and empowering workers, families, businesses and communities to succeed. Here are some of the results for the nation and Nebraska after the first two years of the Clinton Administration:
13 TIMES MORE NEBRASKA FAMILIES RECEIVE A TAX CUT THAN A TAX INCREASE: As a result of the expanded Earned Income Tax Credit, 77,448 working families in Nebraska will receive a tax cut. This compares to an increase in the income tax rate for only the 5,811 wealthiest taxpayers in Nebraska.
TAX CUT FOR 9,008 SMALL BUSINESSES IN NEBRASKA: The President helped entrepreneurs, proprietors, and other small businessmen and women by expanding the annual expensing allowance from $10,000 to $17,500. About 9,008 small businesses in Nebraska are likely to benefit from the expansion of the expensing allowance this year alone and many more will benefit over the coming years.
264,000 NEBRASKA WORKERS PROTECTED BY FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE ACT: The Family and Medical Leave Act allows workers to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for the birth of a child, to care for a sick family member, or if they become too sick to work. This law covers about 263,628 workers in Nebraska, and protects the jobs of 15,837 workers in Nebraska who are likely to use unpaid leave this year alone.
346,800 STUDENTS AND FORMER STUDENTS IN NEBRASKA WILL BE ABLE TO BENEFIT FROM STUDENT LOAN REFORMS: Approximately 346,800 Nebraska borrowers -- 242,800 current borrowers and 104,000 new borrowers in the next few years -- can take advantage of the new direct student loan program by participating directly in the program or by consolidating guaranteed loans into direct loans. Some will benefit from lower interest rates, and all will benefit from more repayment options, including income contingent repayment.