Senator Joni Albrecht’s Weekly Update For District 17

WAYNE – Albrecht started by sharing her disappointment that there will not be any county fairs in District 17 this summer. She is looking forward to watching young people show their skills, animals, and other creations in the summer of 2021.

The senator announced that Hoskins will still be conducting their Fourth of July parade at 11 a.m. There will not be a breakfast this year. Albrecht declared that she will be in the parade and is excited to see her constituents there.

Nebraska is staying positive about returning close to normal. Measures continue to be taken to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Wayne was recognized as an Accredited Main Street by Main Street America. This is the highest recognition Main Street America gives. Wayne joins Beatrice, Falls City, Fremont, and Grand Island in accreditied status.

Nebraska’s Tax Comissioner Tony Fulton briefed the Legislature’s Revenue Committee and other senators on tax repeipts through May 2020. Albrecht noted that the legislature will continue to monitor the economic impact of COVID-19.

Albrecht mentioned that the Governor announced a declaration of prison overcrowding. That declaration will accelerate reviews by the Parole Board, while continuing to put the public’s safety first.

Intellectual property, digital trade, and agricultural markets will be enhanced with the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The senator proclaimed that Nebraska has the greatest interest in the agreement, more than any other state. She said that this agreement will play a huge role in the jumpstarting of Nebraska’s economy. Governor Ricketts pointed to three principles with this trade agreement. Maintain market access, reduce trade barriers, and update approaches to biotechnology and bioscience are very important. Overall, the senator assures that Nebraska has much to look forward to with this agreement.

$85 million will be provided to charities and childcare providers throughout Nebraska. This will be made possible by the Community CARES program. There are three different options that can be applied for with this program.

Stabilization grants total $40 million available. These grants will provide for stabilizing nonprofit entities. Grants come in one-time payments for a maximum of $12,000 per grant. Applications are open now until July 6, 2020. Award notifications will go out July 15, 2020.

Child care providers and centers of worship will receive personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies totaling $2 million in one-time payments.

For more information and to access applications, visit dhhs.ne.gov/CommunityCares or call DHHS at 833-220-0018.

Senator Albrecht is thankful for the determination on Nebraskans through this tough time. She asserted that there is a strong sense of community in Nebraska.

Albrecht invited her constituents to share their thoughts, ideas, questions, and concerns with her by email at jalbrecht@leg.ne.gov or by calling her office at 402-471-2716.

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