Senator Albrecht Reminds District 17 Residents To Stay Up To Date On COVID-19, Provides Enhanced Unemployment Information

WAYNE – After last week’s statewide Directed Health Measure issued by Governor Pete Ricketts which includes all 93 counties, the directive will be in effect until May 11.

According to a release from District 17 Senator Joni Albrecht, her office is receiving daily COVID-19 updates from the governor’s office and many other sources across the state.

Senator Albrecht wanted to remind everyone to contact the Nebraska COVID-19 Information line at 402-552-6645 for general questions. The number is active from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. CST every day and are available in both English and Spanish.

In Nebraska’s program they have enhanced their unemployment insurance which operates as a federal-state partnership. These include an addition to both $600 per week for up to eight weeks and 13 weeks of benefits under the CARES Act; first week waiting period and work search requirement were both waived by Governor Ricketts as well as coverage temporally extending to include self-employed individuals.

Senator Albrecht also cautions residents that these benefits are intended for those who have lost jobs or who have been laid off due to the coronavirus and due to no fault of their own. If someone has quit or quits a job voluntarily, that person is ineligible to receive expanded benefits.

Senator Albrecht is pleased to see school food programs for students are operating well. Make sure to call your local school district for distribution location and for any guideline information.

Senator Albrecht also highlighted Small Business Administration (SBA) programs through local lenders. They included Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL), Small Business Debt Relief Program, Employee Retention Tax Credit and Deferral of Employer Payroll Taxes.

With the Legislature waiting to reconvene at some point after the current crisis passes, senators expect early debate on the revenue committee’s Property Tax Relief proposal (LB1106). This bill contains amended provisions of LB974.

The Revenue Committee is currently exploring what, if any, effect the state’s response to the current COVID 19 crisis may have on the amendment to LB1106 as proposed.

Contact the office of Senator Joni Albrecht at 402-471-2716 or email with thoughts, ideas, concerns or suggestions.