Senator Joni Albrecht Updates District 17

WAYNE – Senator Joni Albrecht stated that reopening our state while maintaining health is the most important thing to consider at the moment. Albrecht said in her weekly update, that we must all work together. Individuals, businesses, and the agriculture community were mentioned as needing to work cohesively. The senator commented that she is monitoring the re-stabilization of Nebraska.

The application period is open from June 15th until June 26th for the Small Business Stabilization Grant. Livestock producers can apply for this grant from the governor. This grant is apart of the Get Nebraska Growing initiative. This is made possible by money from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The funds will be disbursed on a first-come, first-serve basis in qualified amounts to eligible producers and small businesses.

People can apply for a grant of up to $12,000 if operating a business of five to forty-nine employees. This also includes a livestock producer with fewer than ten employees that have lost revenue since March 13, 2020. Production industries eligible are: Beef Cattle Ranching and Farming, Dairy Cattle and Milk Production, Hog and Pig Farming, Poultry and Egg Production, and Sheep/Goat Farming.

Additionally, two-thirds (2/3) of gross income must come from farming or ranching and must have at least 20 animal units. More information can be found here. Apply for the grant here.

The senator reminded everyone that every county and every city encounter their own challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. This applies to District 17 well. Wayne and Thurston counties are in Phase 2 of reopening, while Dakota country remains in Phase 1. The hardest hit economically has been hospitality (restaurants, hotels, and venues) and agricultural communities, Albrecht stated. She said there has been inspiring creativity in many areas. This includes redirecting agricultural products unable to make it through the food chain.

Senator Albrecht mourned the loss of people because of COVID-19. She mourned for those that couldn’t hold a proper funeral. She also sympathized with high school and college senior that didn’t get to walk across the graduation stage. She asserted that this time has been hard, but that Nebraskans are no strangers to hard work. She mentioned that the number of cases in Dakota county has dropped. She noted that there are many healthcare resources available and that we have done a good job of not overloading the healthcare system.

The senator affirmed that she is in Lincoln. She expects there to be very long days when state legislature comes back into session of July 20, 2020. She assured that her and her staff are ready for the challenge ahead. Albrecht is meeting with groups around Lincoln, specifically she’ll attend the briefing from the Revenue Committee, with her staff, about CARES Act tax cuts.

Albrecht anticipated a push for better broadband internet throughout rural Nebraska with so many people working from home.

Joni Albrecht wrote that she continues to work on property tax reform. Until it passes, people still have the opportunity to act on their own behalf. Property tax valuation disputes must be filed with the County Clerk’s Office in-person or postmarked before June 30, 2020.

As usual, Senator Joni Albrecht invited her constituents to share their ideas and concerns by contacting her at jalbrecht@leg.ne.gov or by calling her at 402-471-2716.

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