Greetings District 36. The Legislature’s Redistricting Special Session adjourned “sine die” on September 30th. The Special Session lasted for over two weeks. It was important to finish redistricting by October 1st, to prevent extending the date for next year’s election cycle. It was a difficult and sometimes contentious session, but in the end, Senators were able to compromise and find a solution that ensures compliance with the required constitutional one person-one vote principle.
Last week while appearing at a hearing of the House Homeland Security Committee, President Biden’s Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas claimed, “the border is secure.” Anyone who has read a newspaper or watched a newscast could tell you it isn’t, yet the Biden Administration insists it is. Enough is enough; they cannot ignore the border crisis.
Every 10 years the Legislature must undertake the task of redistricting. This is a required process revolving around the one personone vote rule. We all recognize that the population of Nebraska is growing faster in the east than it is in the west. The result of this demographic shift is that one rural Legislative District must move to Eastern Nebraska.
This week the House of Representatives passed a bill which would raise the debt limit to allow unlimited new spending through most of 2022 and provide short-term funding for the government until December 3. The bill, which was passed on a party-line vote, now heads to the Senate without a bipartisan agreement in place to ensure passage. Meanwhile, Democrats’ primary focus remains their arbitrary deadline to ram through President Biden’s expansive tax and spending package. These factors are quickly colliding with economic reality.
Agricultural technology has come a long way since farmers used oxen and horse-drawn plows to break the prairie sod. Huge advancements are being made each year in ag tech, and Nebraska’s companies and universities are leading the way. The technologies they’re developing run the gamut from pioneering livestock management techniques, to innovations in the way crops are grown, to advancements in equipment.
As Nebraskans know, I serve on the Ways and Means Committee in the House of Representatives. The Third District is both an economic powerhouse and one of the most rural districts in our country. I initially sought to join the committee to provide a voice for Nebraska on tax and trade issues which are critical to our rural communities. These issues are still front and center now.
This community never ceases to amaze. For the past five years during Harvest Festival, the Gothenburg Chamber of Commerce has asked more and more of Gothenburg’s residents and businesses — more sponsorships, more volunteers, more participants, more time. And every year, without fail, you have stepped up.