Greetings District 36. Last week’s newsletter gave a brief overview of LB1107, the bill that provides additional property tax relief, new business economic development incentives, and funding for the NExT Project at UNMC. I am pleased to report that LB1107 moved through the final two stages of debate and was passed by the Legislature on a 41-4-2 vote on the last day of the session.
This year has been uniquely challenging for rural America and for farmers and ranchers. In the face of new stress and uncertainty, agriculture has continued to feed the world. The men and women in our agriculture sector put in countless hours to provide for the rest of us. It is of the utmost importance these producers have the tools and resources to continue their efforts, especially in these challenging times. In order to hear from producers and exchange ideas, I am happy to host the 2020 Agriculture Summit.
Q: My coworker recently suffered a miscarriage. I can tell she’s really hurting, and I’d like to reach out somehow without putting my foot in my mouth. It’s difficult to put myself in her place, but it’s also hard to avoid saying something since I’m around her every day. How can I navigate this awkward situation?.
Many of the steps we have taken to physically and economically combat COVID-19 have received widespread coverage, such as social distancing, wearing of masks, and quarantining. The most critical measure, however, has largely been going on behind the scenes and deserves our attention. Developing a vaccine for COVID-19 is the only way to defeat the virus, potentially helping billions of people worldwide.
Greetings District 36. As we work through the waning days of the Legislative session, I’m pleased to report that legislation I’ve carried this session has either passed, or is expected to pass. Among these bills are LB853, which will protect senior citizens from financial exploitation; LB773, which will provide matching grant funding for workforce housing in rural areas; and LB1053, which will ensure nursing homes are reimbursed for the care of residents receiving Medicaid through a stable Medicaid rate reimbursement methodology.
While the Third District of Nebraska is still feeling the impact of last year’s historic floods, we are fortunately seeing recovery efforts along the Missouri River on all levels – local, state, and federal. On the federal level, the Water Resources Development Act of 2020 (H.R. 7575), commonly known as WRDA, passed the House this week. WRDA is the legislation Congress and the President periodically enact to authorize federal water management projects across the nation.
WACO, TX. — More than 5,300 Baylor University students have been named to the Dean’s Academic Honor List for the spring 2020 semester. Students honored on the Dean’s List are Baylor undergraduates with a minimum semester grade-point average of 3.7 with no grade lower than a “C” while enrolled in a minimum of 12 graded semester hours.