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Tax levies for a host of county governmental subdivisions were set by the Dawson County Board of Equalization Friday. The resolution set levies based on one cent of each $100 valuation for the following:

Newlywed faces issues early on

Q: I’m a recent newlywed. Even in just a few short weeks, my husband and I are feeling overwhelmed. Life together isn’t playing out the way we anticipated. Is this normal? We both really want to make this relationship work.

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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.

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We’ve come a long way over the last year. Nebraska has managed the coronavirus pandemic without lockdowns, without statewide mandates, and without vaccine passports. We have the third-lowest fatality rate from COVID-19 in the country. And we’ve fully vaccinated 87.5% of our 65+ population.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

20 Years Later

On September 11, 2001, the United States of America was changed forever. The world watched and held its breath as terrorists attacked our nation. In New York City, Pennsylvania, and at the Pentagon, Americans lost their lives at the hands of ruthlessness. While we commemorate that terrible day annually, it is receiving special attention this year, on its twentieth anniversary.

Williams On Redistricting

Greetings District 36! Every ten years State Legislatures across the country redraw geographic lines defining the districts for elected officials. This process is commonly known as redistricting. The purpose of redistricting is to preserve the one person one vote principle which means districts must be nearly equal in population. In Nebraska, that includes redrawing districts for the Legislature, the U.S. House of Representatives, the State Board of Education, the Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska, the Public Service Commission, and the Nebraska Supreme Court.

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