Regional government – Devolved http://devolved.net/ Sun, 05 Dec 2021 09:00:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://devolved.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/cropped-icon-32x32.png Regional government – Devolved http://devolved.net/ 32 32 Ricketts adviser and spokesperson named new state GOP director | Regional government https://devolved.net/ricketts-adviser-and-spokesperson-named-new-state-gop-director-regional-government/ Fri, 03 Dec 2021 22:39:56 +0000 https://devolved.net/ricketts-adviser-and-spokesperson-named-new-state-gop-director-regional-government/ These are Nebraska’s constitutional officers and heads of state code agencies, who sit in the governor’s office. A longtime voice for Governor Pete Ricketts is leaving state government to lead the Nebraska Republican Party. Gauge Courtesy photo Taylor Gage will become the party’s executive director on Monday, replacing two-year-old director Ryan Hamilton, who is leaving […]]]>

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



A longtime voice for Governor Pete Ricketts is leaving state government to lead the Nebraska Republican Party.






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Taylor Gage will become the party’s executive director on Monday, replacing two-year-old director Ryan Hamilton, who is leaving for a campaign post in Nevada.

Gage, the grandson of former Governor Kay Orr, worked for Ricketts for eight years, most recently as director of strategic communications. Prior to joining the governor’s office, he worked on campaigns for Ricketts and Senator Deb Fischer, and served the state Republican Party as convention and outreach coordinator in 2010.

“Taylor brings a wealth of experience and connections to develop the state party and elect more Republicans,” party chairman Dan Welch said in a press release. “We are fortunate to have him on board.”

In a statement, Ricketts thanked Gage for his years of service, especially during the statewide flooding of 2019 and the pandemic of the past two years.

“His contribution shaped our work through it all. Taylor has been a valuable advisor and I look forward to the next step for him.

Hamilton leaves Nebraska to serve as a senior official in the campaign for the United States Senate of Adam Laxalt, a former attorney general of Nevada.


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Nebraska Unemployment Website Down for Update | Regional government https://devolved.net/nebraska-unemployment-website-down-for-update-regional-government/ Thu, 02 Dec 2021 14:00:00 +0000 https://devolved.net/nebraska-unemployment-website-down-for-update-regional-government/ When you’re faced with unemployment it’s hard to think about your budget, but PennyGem’s Justin Kircher has ways to get you through that time. The website used by Nebraskans to apply for unemployment benefits will not be available until early next week while it undergoes upgrades. The NEworks site was taken offline on Nov. 29 […]]]>

When you’re faced with unemployment it’s hard to think about your budget, but PennyGem’s Justin Kircher has ways to get you through that time.



The website used by Nebraskans to apply for unemployment benefits will not be available until early next week while it undergoes upgrades.

The NEworks site was taken offline on Nov. 29 at 7 p.m., according to the State Department of Labor. Updates are expected to be completed by Tuesday.

The upgrades will streamline services for employers, according to department spokeswoman Grace Johnson. The functions are currently split between two websites.

The upgrades are happening in the shortest possible time, Johnson said, and the department has timed them so people aren’t left out of the deposit for a full week.

Weekly claims certify eligibility for the previous week, so people had Sunday and Monday until 7 p.m. to certify their eligibility for last week. Johnson said the department sent out notifications ahead of the shutdown so people know the days they can file.

If someone missed the Sunday-Monday window, they can file both last week and this week when the site comes back online. This would result in a person receiving payment for two weeks at the same time.

People fired this week can file claims when the website returns and request that the claim be backdated, Johnson said.

Nebraska Sets National Record With 1.9% Unemployment Rate

Spokesmen for Legal Aid and Nebraska Appleseed both said Wednesday their organizations had not received calls from customers concerned about the site’s outage. Johnson said the ministry’s employment centers and unemployment call centers were reporting “a very manageable level of inquiries” about website upgrades and that the call center was having “times. very short waits “.


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Infrastructure Bill Spends $ 2.5 Billion in Nebraska Roads and Bridges | Regional government https://devolved.net/infrastructure-bill-spends-2-5-billion-in-nebraska-roads-and-bridges-regional-government/ Sun, 28 Nov 2021 15:00:00 +0000 https://devolved.net/infrastructure-bill-spends-2-5-billion-in-nebraska-roads-and-bridges-regional-government/ Construction continues on the South Beltway on the east side of US 77 on November 17. Representatives of the companies praised the impact the $ 1.2 trillion infrastructure bill could have on Nebraska to repair highways and bridges. Construction continues on the South Beltway southwest of 98th Street on November 17. Representatives of the companies […]]]>

Roads and highways make up the bulk of the massive federal infrastructure program funding that will be directed to Nebraska, but how the state’s $ 2.5 billion allocation for roads and bridges will be targeted remains to be determined.

Senator John Stinner de Gering, chairman of the Legislative Assembly Appropriations Committee, says these recommendations will be made by the Department of Transportation in the allocation of new funds to specific road and bridge projects and by the Commission of the civil service in identifying areas for federally funded expansion of rural broadband service.

“The legislature will have control over compliance matters,” he said.

Norfolk Mayor Josh Moenning said increased infrastructure funding should be directed towards completing the long-delayed highway system that was launched more than three decades ago to connect every community over 15,000 people to the interstate highway system.

Infrastructure funding envisioned as a path to Nebraska’s workforce development

“Completing the highway system once and for all, fulfilling a promise made to the Nebraskans in 1988, should be the state’s top infrastructure priority,” Moenning said.

“It goes far beyond modernizing infrastructure,” he said. “This is an economic development and public safety legacy project that will benefit generations of Nebraskans to come.

Western Nebraska interests have focused on the expedited completion of the Heartland Highway, which runs through Alliance and Scottsbluff on its route from Rapid City, South Dakota, to Denver.


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Governor Highlights Apprenticeship Programs to Address Labor Shortages | Regional government https://devolved.net/governor-highlights-apprenticeship-programs-to-address-labor-shortages-regional-government/ Mon, 22 Nov 2021 19:00:00 +0000 https://devolved.net/governor-highlights-apprenticeship-programs-to-address-labor-shortages-regional-government/ Nebraska employers are getting creative – and sometimes more generous – as they attempt to fill vacancies during the state’s severe labor shortage. Nebraska has tens of thousands of job openings at a time when Nebraska’s unemployment rate is 2.2%, its lowest since the state began collecting unemployment data in 1976. Governor Pete Ricketts shone […]]]>

Nebraska employers are getting creative – and sometimes more generous – as they attempt to fill vacancies during the state’s severe labor shortage. Nebraska has tens of thousands of job openings at a time when Nebraska’s unemployment rate is 2.2%, its lowest since the state began collecting unemployment data in 1976.



Governor Pete Ricketts shone the spotlight Monday on apprenticeship programs at Nebraska high schools and community colleges that are designed to fill positions in the state’s workforce and that can encourage young people to stay in the state.

“We must continue to develop talent” to fill vacancies and provide opportunities for young Nebraskans, the governor said at a press conference where he proclaimed November as “Apprenticeship Month” in the city. ‘State.

There are 3,700 apprentices enrolled in the state apprenticeship program today.

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“We need to develop our own workforce,” said Daniel Phillips, innovation director for college and career readiness at Grand Island Public Schools.

The Grand Island school model focuses on “high-skilled, well-paying jobs,” he said.

Matt Gotschall, president of Central Community College Grand Island, said apprenticeships are available in welding, electrical work and business accounting at his facility.

UNL removed from AAUP list of censored universities

Participants at the press conference agreed that it is now a challenge in Nebraska for companies to find workers to fill available jobs, but they suggested the state provides a quality of life that new workers should find. attractive.

Apprenticeship programs are primarily industry driven, and community colleges currently serve criminal justice and health care needs.


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Senator Patty Pansing Brooks to Seek Fortenberry’s House Seat | Regional government https://devolved.net/senator-patty-pansing-brooks-to-seek-fortenberrys-house-seat-regional-government/ Tue, 16 Nov 2021 23:30:02 +0000 https://devolved.net/senator-patty-pansing-brooks-to-seek-fortenberrys-house-seat-regional-government/ Don Walton: court case, filing deadlines muddle next year’s House race Pansing Brooks, 63, was elected to the Legislative Assembly in 2014. As a candidate for Congress, she said, she will not accept campaign donations from Corporate Political Action Committees (PACs). In the Legislature, Pansing Brooks focused on civil liberties and equal human rights, supporting […]]]>

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Pansing Brooks, 63, was elected to the Legislative Assembly in 2014.

As a candidate for Congress, she said, she will not accept campaign donations from Corporate Political Action Committees (PACs).

In the Legislature, Pansing Brooks focused on civil liberties and equal human rights, supporting “equality before the law”.

In her announcement, she highlighted the protection of victims of human trafficking and legislation to address the state’s workforce shortage, reform the juvenile justice system and “protect marginalized communities, including Native Americans and LGBTQ + Nebraskans.

“I think the attributes that have made me an effective state senator are the same that we need in Washington more than ever,” Pansing Brooks said in a statement accompanying her announcement.

“Strong leaders work together. Strong leaders seek out those with whom they sometimes disagree to resolve issues that people care about. I want this to happen in Washington. “

Senator John McCollister of Omaha, a Republican colleague in the Legislature, said in a video announcing Pansing Brooks’ candidacy: “She is able to fill in the gaps like no one I know. So if it can be done , Patty Pansing Brooks will make it happen. “

Responding to his announcement, Fortenberry campaign spokesperson Chad Kolton said “the contrast will be very clear.


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2022 legislative session in Nebraska seen as rare moment of opportunity | Regional government https://devolved.net/2022-legislative-session-in-nebraska-seen-as-rare-moment-of-opportunity-regional-government/ Tue, 16 Nov 2021 19:04:36 +0000 https://devolved.net/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. […]]]>

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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Senators are medically cleared to continue their ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro | Regional government https://devolved.net/senators-are-medically-cleared-to-continue-their-ascent-of-mount-kilimanjaro-regional-government/ Sun, 14 Nov 2021 20:15:00 +0000 https://devolved.net/senators-are-medically-cleared-to-continue-their-ascent-of-mount-kilimanjaro-regional-government/ Five senators from Nebraska are climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa this week. They are (left to right): Justin Wayne from Omaha, Ben Hansen from Blair, Anna Wishart from Lincoln, Tom Brewer from Gordon and Dave Murman from Glenvil. Senator Ben Hansen’s Facebook page Nebraska Climbing State Senators climbed to 15,212 feet on Mount Kilimanjaro on […]]]>





Five senators from Nebraska are climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa this week. They are (left to right): Justin Wayne from Omaha, Ben Hansen from Blair, Anna Wishart from Lincoln, Tom Brewer from Gordon and Dave Murman from Glenvil.


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Nebraska Climbing State Senators climbed to 15,212 feet on Mount Kilimanjaro on Sunday, then descended to an overnight camp at 13,054 feet in an exercise that allows the body to acclimate to a decrease in l ‘oxygen.

All five senators were cleared by daily medical checks to continue their journey, but a member of the climbing team, a former military buddy of Sen. Tom Brewer from Gordon, reluctantly withdrew in response to medical advice and was escorted down the mountain.

“He put in a lot of effort and got to the base safely,” Brewer wrote from Barranco camp at the end of the day.

“We were all sad to see him go, but he listened to the medical advice.”

“There were a few slips and falls” on Sunday’s third day climb, Brewer said, “but nothing major.”

Brewer and his colleagues Senators Anna Wishart of Lincoln, Justin Wayne of Omaha, Ben Hansen of Blair and Dave Murman of Glenvil, will resume their ascent to the 19,340-foot summit on Monday.

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Nebraska state senators ready to climb Mount Kilimanjaro with bad weather ahead

Senators reach base camp safely on the way up Mount Kilimanjaro

Brewer says state senators are doing well on phone call from Mount Kilimanjaro


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Wastewater sampling will be part of Nebraska COVID monitoring system | Regional government https://devolved.net/wastewater-sampling-will-be-part-of-nebraska-covid-monitoring-system-regional-government/ https://devolved.net/wastewater-sampling-will-be-part-of-nebraska-covid-monitoring-system-regional-government/#respond Tue, 09 Nov 2021 20:40:00 +0000 https://devolved.net/wastewater-sampling-will-be-part-of-nebraska-covid-monitoring-system-regional-government/ Photo credit: Lux Blue / Shutterstock For many Americans, the federal government’s plans to stimulate the economy during the COVID-19 pandemic stand out for the direct relief they have offered to individual households, like stimulus checks and expanded unemployment benefits. But these bills also brought unprecedented levels of federal investment in state and local governments. […]]]>

Photo credit: Lux Blue / Shutterstock

For many Americans, the federal government’s plans to stimulate the economy during the COVID-19 pandemic stand out for the direct relief they have offered to individual households, like stimulus checks and expanded unemployment benefits. But these bills also brought unprecedented levels of federal investment in state and local governments.

One of the main features of the $ 1.9 trillion US bailout, adopted in March of this year, was a $ 350 billion fund for states, territories, cities, counties and tribal governments across the country. to supplement their own income. The package also included large funding pots for areas like health, education, infrastructure and others that are funded by state and local dollars. The US bailout followed the $ 2.2 trillion CARES law of March 2020 and other pandemic relief programs that offered aid for similar purposes.

Assistance to state and local governments in COVID-19 stimulus bills was intended to avoid cuts to public services at a time when many observers feared tax revenues could plummet due to economic fallout of the pandemic. But while COVID-19 has created additional urgency for federal support to states, the federal government has long played an important role in supporting state budgets.


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Poll suggests Nebraskans no longer trust election results | Regional government https://devolved.net/poll-suggests-nebraskans-no-longer-trust-election-results-regional-government/ https://devolved.net/poll-suggests-nebraskans-no-longer-trust-election-results-regional-government/#respond Sun, 07 Nov 2021 20:00:00 +0000 https://devolved.net/poll-suggests-nebraskans-no-longer-trust-election-results-regional-government/ GWYNETH ROBERTS, Journal Star file photo Here’s some revealing, but not surprisingly, survey data from the 2021 Nebraska Rural Survey and a new Nebraska Metro survey that came with it. “Most rural Nebraska people surveyed do not trust CNN and MSNBC information at all, while most metropolitan Nebraska people surveyed do not trust Fox News […]]]>






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Here’s some revealing, but not surprisingly, survey data from the 2021 Nebraska Rural Survey and a new Nebraska Metro survey that came with it.

“Most rural Nebraska people surveyed do not trust CNN and MSNBC information at all, while most metropolitan Nebraska people surveyed do not trust Fox News information,” reported Becky Vogt, manager. from the NE Rural survey.

“Residents of metropolitan Nebraska have reported a high degree of trust in state newspapers,” according to a press release summarizing the results.

“Residents of rural Nebraska said they trusted local TV news, local newspapers, state newspapers, Fox News, public radio and national newspapers less than in 2017, when the last poll was on trust in media institutions. “

While 46% of metropolitan Nebraskans polled very much trust the coronavirus information from the Centers for Disease Control, only 20% of rural Nebraskans agree.

And this: “While 22% of metro residents have great confidence in the voting and election systems across the country, only 9% of rural respondents do.”

Only 22% in metropolitan Nebraska?

Proof that partisan criticism has succeeded in undermining an essential element in the founding of our democratic republic.

Will millions of Americans no longer believe or accept the election results from now on?


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Stinner Eyes Range of Potential Federal Funding Initiatives for Pandemic Recovery | Regional government https://devolved.net/stinner-eyes-range-of-potential-federal-funding-initiatives-for-pandemic-recovery-regional-government/ https://devolved.net/stinner-eyes-range-of-potential-federal-funding-initiatives-for-pandemic-recovery-regional-government/#respond Wed, 03 Nov 2021 22:50:00 +0000 https://devolved.net/stinner-eyes-range-of-potential-federal-funding-initiatives-for-pandemic-recovery-regional-government/ Senator John Stinner listens to testimony during an October 5 Appropriations Committee hearing on Capitol Hill. GWYNETH ROBERTS, Journal Star file photo Senator John Stinner de Gering, chairman of the Legislative Assembly Appropriations Committee, on Wednesday highlighted water resources and tourism development, workforce initiatives and rural broadband development as potential beneficiaries of the Federal pandemic […]]]>





Senator John Stinner listens to testimony during an October 5 Appropriations Committee hearing on Capitol Hill.


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Senator John Stinner de Gering, chairman of the Legislative Assembly Appropriations Committee, on Wednesday highlighted water resources and tourism development, workforce initiatives and rural broadband development as potential beneficiaries of the Federal pandemic recovery funding to be allocated by the state government next year.

“I am 100% in favor of improving access and accessibility to mental health,” Stinner said in a webinar question-and-answer session hosted by the OpenSky Policy Institute.






State Senator John Stinner, District 48

State Senator John Stinner

District: 48

Of: Gering

Party: Republican


Stinner said the University of Nebraska has proposed “some proposals of merit” for funding with the flow of federal stimulus dollars into state government as well as proposed initiatives promoted by community colleges.

The state government will receive more than $ 1 billion in federal stimulus funds for distribution by the legislature.

Wishart says pandemic funding priorities can help shape Nebraska’s future

Stinner said the legislature will need to ensure that it meets the federal criteria associated with injecting these federal dollars.

“It must be a one-time expense,” he noted in conversation with Renee Fry, executive director of OpenSky.

A new state prison proposed to replace the aging Lincoln State Penitentiary was also part of the discussion.

With the state sitting on a healthy budget surplus and a recent forecast for revenue to come, “we have the money” to build a new prison if the legislature decides to back Gov. Pete Ricketts’ proposal to do so, Stinner said. .


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