2022 legislative session in Nebraska seen as rare moment of opportunity | Regional government

These are Nebraska’s constitutional officers and heads of state code agencies, who sit in the governor’s office.

The next legislative session in 2022 appears to be a rare time of challenge and opportunity for Nebraska, state senators and business leaders said at a legislative breakfast at the Chamber of Commerce of Nebraska on Tuesday. Lincoln.

Combination of $ 1 billion in federal pandemic recovery assistance the state has received for one-time investments, along with a healthy stream of state revenue, offers “significant opportunities.” , said President of the Legislative Assembly Mike Hilgers of Lincoln.

“We have a lot of money,” he said.

“This is a critical time that matters to Nebraska,” said Bryan Slone, president of the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry, over breakfast.

This is an opportunity to address the state’s economic challenges, with workforce development dominating the list, he said.

The state also faces housing, education and child care issues, Slone said.

Hilgers has an eye out for so-called STAR WARS water development projects that could be launched with one-time federal pandemic funding, resulting in a lasting impact on recreation, tourism, flood control, the economic development and water sustainability in the state.

Large new reservoir between Omaha and Lincoln considers possible pandemic funding

Hilgers is chairman of the Statewide Tourism and Recreational Water Access and Resources Sustainability (STAR ​​WARS) committee which is considering projects statewide, including the possibility of building a large reservoir between Lincoln and Omaha.

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