‘Tyranny of urgent’ could shape unsustainable policies

    Cutting—it’s a popular option as lawmakers head into state budget considerations. Sadly, it also represents the tyranny of the urgent. In case the “term tyranny of the urgent” is unfamiliar, the meaning lies in its distortion of priorities. One definition explains that one of the measures of a manager is the ability to distinguish the important from the urgent, to refuse to be tyrannized by the urgent, to refuse to manage by crisis.
While the battle of the think tanks mounts, the OpenSky Policy Institute points out that Nebraska relied on more than just budget cuts and fund transfers to get through the last two major budget shortfalls.
    The Platte Institute for Economic Research touts the fact that liberals in both parties are not running the Nebraska Legislature and a tax-reform majority now sits on the Revenue Committee that will likely advance reform proposals on income and property taxes. Times like these cause me to take a break and look at history for some perspective.

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