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I hope you and your loved ones are staying well. While we have all experienced effects of the novel coronavirus global pandemic, I know that it has hit harder for some families than others. My office has been busy assisting individuals with access to resources and hurdles to having unemployment assistance claims approved. Our community has truly come together to ensure that families have access to food and basic necessities, but we are far from out of this storm.
As you may have heard, the Legislature is scheduled to resume on Monday, July 20th. We will be facing an entirely different set of circumstances than what we optimistically had ahead of us when we began the session in January. Then, we were looking at a healthy rainy day fund and positive revenue forecast. There was hope of delivering additional property tax relief and investing in opportunities to grow our state’s economy. When we return two months from now, we will have the first economic forecasting board report following the first months of the pandemic. We are bracing ourselves for a harsh reality.
My colleagues and I will work together to prioritize the needs of Nebraskans as we always do. I invite you to reach out to me or to my office and share with me how the pandemic has affected you, your family, your business, or your job. What specific challenges have you faced? Have you found access to the resources you need? Hearing from my constituents has always been a factor in every vote I cast and it always will.
The rainy day is upon us, but we will get through it. I am grateful for all of the public health experts that we have in Nebraska and am thankful for their guidance from the very beginning. We are fortunate to know that when it comes to biodefense research and health security, we are in good hands with our very own University of Nebraska Medical Center.
Below, you will find helpful links to information and resources that are still available. As directed health measures are lifted, I encourage you to continue to be your own best advocate for and protector of your health and that of all those around you. We don’t need the government to require simple measures we can all take to stay safer for a little longer. We can do this, together.
Senator Robert Hilkemann
The Nebraska DHHS website contains case information as well as directed health measures for the state.
TestNebraska is available if you are concerned you may need to be tested for Covid-19.
The Department of Labor has put together resources for employees and employers in Nebraska.
UNMC has also compiled resources regarding Covid-19.