“The naughtiest thing I did as a child was when my dad and I went to town, and at the store I took off and tried to run away. My dad and his friend spent the day trying to track me down,” my grandma, Tammie Wheelbarger, shared as she sat at the dining room table and ate some homemade banana bread. I was surprised. I can’t see her doing that because she has always been calm and very kind when I was growing up.
Greetings District 36. This week the Legislature continued all-day hearings. It continues to be a new and challenging situation for Senators, staff, and the public, but I am confident it has helped reduce the spread of COVID-19. All-day hearings will continue through the month of February. Then we will begin full day debate of bills.
Getting Americans back to work has been one of the primary challenges facing our nation since the COVID-19 pandemic began nearly one year ago. While the employment situation varies widely from state to state, ensuring every unemployed American can reconnect with work must be a top priority. In Nebraska we are fortunate to have an unemployment rate of just 3%, making us one of 18 states that have an unemployment rate below 5%. Other states which have had more restrictive lockdowns are seeing much higher rates of unemployment.
Nebraska is on the path to becoming the best state in the nation for military personnel and veterans. We’ve been instituting new policies that benefit military families and veterans and that connect them with leadership opportunities in the workforce. We want to encourage the veterans who live here now to stay in Nebraska and contribute their skills to grow our state. We also want to invite others to relocate or retire here.
Greetings District 36. This week, the Legislature continued with the modified hearing schedule that was proposed at the start of the session. Committees hold hearings in the mornings and afternoons. The schedule was adopted in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and allows us to minimize the need for all Senators to be in the Legislative Chamber for an extended period of time. In addition, it allows staggering the number of people coming in and out of the building throughout the day. While the new hearing schedule is quite different from what Senators are accustomed to, we are confident that this format will help reduce the spread of COVID-19, and keep the Legislature working for Nebraskans.