Senator Albrecht’s Weekly Update

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Economic Forecasting Advisory Board increased their revenue forecast for the 2020 – 21 fiscal year. Their forecast increased by $285 million for that year. For the fiscal year 2021 – 22, they expect a $118 million increase. The board projects a $307 million increase for the 2022 – 23 fiscal period.

Nebraska submitted a vaccine distribution plan to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Healthcare workers take priority for getting the vaccine. High-risk individuals and essential workers are next in priority. To see the full distribution plan, visit http://dhhs.ne.gov/Documents/COVID-19-Vaccination-Plan.pdf.

Local government meetings may look a little different in Nebraska. Governor Pete Ricketts signed an Executive Order that allows elected officials to participate in governmental meetings through video conferencing or telephone. This applies when the local health department has recommended that an individual quarantine.

Dakota County saw an increase in COVID-19 cases last week by 105 bringing their total to 2,633 cases. Wayne County reported 54 new positives, while Thurston County reported just 51. Wayne has seen 403 total cases and Thurston County has 423 total confirmed cases since March.

Senator Joni Albrecht reminded her constituents to be grateful for the earth’s bounty as harvest winds down. Although it may look different this year, the senator is looking forward to Thanksgiving.

Joni Albrecht encouraged the people of District 17 to share their thoughts with her by email at jalbrecht@leg.ne.gov, or by calling her office at 402-471-2716.

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