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Sen. Lydia Brasch

Sen. Lydia Brasch

District 16

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For more information:

Jacob Campbell, Legislative Aide

Office of Senator Lydia Brasch, District 16

(402)-471-2728

jcampbell@leg.ne.gov

 

Senator Brasch Cosigns Editorial

 

 

Initiative 427 will appear on your ballot as the latest attempt to expand Medicaid coverage under Obamacare. Medicaid expansion has unsuccessfully come before the Unicameral numerous times, and the pros and cons your Nebraska senators have considered in previous years are relevant to Initiative 427. Like most issues, Medicaid expansion is not black and white. As your representatives in the Nebraska Unicameral, we feel obligated to share our concerns and urge you to consider the consequences Medicaid expansion would have on our state.

 

Expanding Medicaid through Initiative 427 would hurt our most vulnerable Nebraskans by removing the focus of Medicaid benefits from people with disabilities, children, and pregnant women and placing the focus on working-age adults without disabilities or children. The costs of expansion would make property tax relief nearly impossible, leave the state’s reserve funds at a dangerously low level, and put funding at risk for K-12 education, the University of Nebraska, roads, and current Medicaid recipients.

 

Obamacare (the Affordable Care Act) requires the federal government to reimburse states for only a portion of Medicaid expansion costs. Initiative 427 would require the state to fund the remaining expansion expenses – a price tag projected to cost Nebraska taxpayers $33 million in 2019-20 and up to $768 million over the next decade according to Nebraska’s Legislative Fiscal Office and Department of Health and Human Services. Actual costs have far exceeded projections in nearly every state that has opted to expand Medicaid under Obamacare. For example, in the first year Iowa expanded Medicaid, actual costs totaled nearly $150 million more than expected.

 

In a study published this month, Nebraska was ranked number one nationally for financial wellbeing. We have accomplished this by using taxpayer dollars cautiously and keeping unpredictable financial obligations out of our state budget. Unlike Washington, we balance our state budget each year and remain debt free. Medicaid expansion would create an unpredictable financial obligation on Nebraska, as seen in other states, which could throw our balanced budget into jeopardy. If Initiative 427 passes, Nebraskans could be forced to choose between increasing taxes or cutting funds to existing programs, such as K-12 education, roads, or current Medicaid benefits. Tax increases would create an overwhelming financial hardship for most Nebraskans, and cutting funds to existing programs is an equally unappealing option.

 

As Nebraskans, we have always prided ourselves in looking out for our friends and neighbors who are in need. Our current Medicaid program provides health care benefits to people with disabilities, children, and pregnant women. We are one of the few states to offer all federally optional Medicaid services (such as prescription drugs, mental health services, and care for the developmentally disabled) in addition to federally required services. Although the federal government would fund a limited portion of Medicaid expansion, none of these funds can be used to support benefits for current Medicaid recipients. As a result, some states have been forced to cut optional Medicaid services to their most vulnerable citizens – a reality Nebraska would also likely face.

 

Current Nebraska Medicaid recipients are at risk of losing benefits for dental services, prescription drugs, treatment for specific diseases (such as breast and cervical cancer), vision care, mental health, speech, and occupational therapy, and many more. Initiative 427 would put the needs of working-age adults without disabilities over the needs of our friends and neighbors with disabilities, children, and pregnant women who truly cannot afford to lose these essential services Nebraska provides.

 

Medicaid expansion would place a significant burden on Nebraska taxpayers that could hurt Nebraska’s most vulnerable citizens. Before you cast your vote on Initiative 427, we urge you to consider the impacts Medicaid expansion would have on your neighbors, your family, your business, and your budget.

 

Senator Joni Albrecht; District 17 – Chair, Business & Labor Committee

 

Senator Lydia Brasch; District 16 – Chair, Agriculture Committee

 

Senator Curt Friesen; District 34 – Chair, Transportation & Telecommunications Committee

 

Senator Dan Hughes; District 44 – Chair, Natural Resources Committee

 

Senator Mark Kolterman; District 24 – Chair, Nebraska Retirement Systems Committee

 

Speaker Jim Scheer; District 19 – Speaker of the Legislature

 

Senator John Stinner; District 48 – Chair, Appropriations Committee

 

Senator Bruce Bostelman; District 23

 

Senator Tom Brewer; District 43

 

Senator Tom Briese; District 41

 

Senator Steve Erdman; District 47

 

Senator Steve Halloran; District 33

 

Senator Lou Ann Linehan; District 39

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 2, 2017

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Brett Waite

Legislative Aide

(402) 471-2728

bwaite@leg.ne.gov

 

Senator Brasch to serve on national and regional committees

Senator Brasch has been selected by the Council of State Government (CSG) to serve on the Intergovernmental Affairs Committee, the Interbranch Affairs Committee, and Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.

The Intergovernmental Affairs Committee sets the federal-state relations agenda for CSG. It is particularly concerned about federalism issues and states’ rights. The bipartisan committee is comprised of officials from all branches of state government. CSG’s Interbranch Affairs Committee helps foster collaboration among and between the branches of state government. The Agriculture and Natural Resource Committee examines issues affecting rural communities, including rural economies, agriculture, energy, forestry, and wildlife of the individual states and of the region as a whole. The committee’s focus is on the approaches policymakers have taken to promote the related industries and the impact of federal policies on the industries and on the land and people involved.

Senator Brasch has also been selected by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) to serve on the Communications, Financial Services, and Interstate (CFI) Committee and to the Natural Resources and Infrastructure (NRI) Committee. The former committee is responsible for protecting states’ interests in federal decisions regarding electronic commerce, banking, insurance, securities and other financial services issues, interstate commerce and taxation of electronic transactions, telecommunications and interstate business activity taxes. The latter committee has jurisdiction over state and federal energy, environment, agriculture and transportation programs, legislation, regulations and policies.

CSG is a multi-branch organization that provides state officials in all three branches of government with information regarding social, economic, and political trends, as well as policy responses to changing conditions. NCSL is a national organization that advocates for the power and authority of state legislatures. This organization has helped states remain strong and independent by giving them the tools, information, and resources to devise solutions.

Senator Brasch expressed her enthusiasm of being chosen by these organizations. “I am humbled and excited for the opportunity to work with lawmakers from other states as we seek to implement good government and solve the problems facing the citizens in our respective states. These two organizations provide a wealth of policy research and information for state officials.”

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 8, 2017

 

Senator Brasch invites high school students to apply for youth legislative experience

High school students are invited to take on the role of state senators at the Unicameral Youth Legislature June 11-14.  At the State Capitol, student senators will sponsor bills, conduct committee hearings, and debate legislation. Senator Brasch says, “This is a great opportunity for Nebraska high school students to learn about their state capitol building and experience the legislative process of the nation’s only Unicameral Legislature.”

The Unicameral Youth Legislature gives behind-the-scenes access to students who have an interest in public office, government, politics, law, public policy, debate or public speaking.  Students will learn about the inner workings of the Legislature directly from senators and staff.

Registrants are encouraged to apply for a Greg Adams Civic Scholarship award, which covers the full cost of admission.  Applicants must submit a short essay.  Other $100 scholarships are also available. The deadline for registration is May 15.

The Office of the Clerk of the Nebraska Legislature coordinates the Unicameral Youth Legislature.  The University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Extension 4-H Youth Development Office coordinates housing and recreational activities as part of the Big Red Summer Camps program.

To learn more about the program, go to www.NebraskaLegislature.gov/uyl or call (402) 471-2788.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION

Heidi Uhing

Nebraska Legislature

Unicameral Information Office

(402) 471-2788

huhing@leg.ne.gov

Sen. Fischer, former Gov. Orr to join the September 22-23 announcement tour

LINCOLN – Today, the Office of Governor Pete Ricketts announced that the Governor will travel the state to unveil new infrastructure priorities identified by the Nebraska Department of Roads (NDOR).

U.S. Senator Deb Fischer will travel with the Governor for Friday’s events.  Former Nebraska Governor Kay Orr will join the announcement tour for both days.  Additionally, State Senators Jim Smith of Papillion and Lydia Brasch of Bancroft will appear in Lincoln and West Point respectfully.

Over the last several months, NDOR has held public input events to identify new infrastructure priorities to receive funding from the Build Nebraska Act (BNA) and the Transportation Innovation Act (TIA).  The BNA, championed by Senator Fischer during her time in the Unicameral, set aside a quarter cent of existing Nebraska sales tax revenues for roads construction.  The TIA, one of Governor Ricketts’ top legislative priorities in 2016, commits funding to complete the expressway system originally envisioned by Governor Orr.  The projects announced at these events will be funded by the BNA and the TIA.

At each stop, Governor Ricketts and others will deliver brief comments highlighting the new project priorities.  The public is invited to attend any of the following stops.

Thursday, September 22

9:00 a.m.          Lincoln News Conference, Governor’s Hearing Room, Nebraska State Capitol, LINCOLN

Note: The Lincoln news conference will be livestreamed.  Click here to watch.

3:00 p.m.          Remarks, Rural Futures Regional Forum, Nielsen Community Center, 200 Anna Stalp Avenue, WEST POINT

3:30 p.m.          Media Availability, Nielsen Community Center, 200 Anna Stalp Avenue, WEST POINT

 

Friday, September 23

10:45 a.m.        Remarks, League of Nebraska Municipalities Conference, Holiday Inn, 110 S. 2nd Avenue, KEARNEY

11:15 a.m.        Media Availability, Holiday Inn, 110 S. 2nd Avenue, KEARNEY

2:00 p.m.          North Platte News Conference, State Patrol Building, 300 West South River Road, NORTH PLATTE

 

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Taylor Gage

Public Relations Director

Office of Governor Pete Ricketts

402-471-1970 (office)

402-499-8351 (mobile)

Website | Facebook | Twitter

 

News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

The Clerk’s Office of the Nebraska Legislature is Now Accepting

Applications for Legislative Page Positions

The application process for selecting pages for the 2017 Legislative Session is now underway in the Clerk’s Office at the Nebraska Legislature. “Working as a page provides a unique opportunity to assist legislators throughout the session,” said Senator Brasch. She continued, “Pages are privileged to work on the Floor of the Legislature during debate and interact with senators. The experience acquired will equip students for a variety of career fields. In my six years as senator, several college students from District 16 have worked as pages.”

Legislative pages are local college students employed by the Legislature to respond to senators’ requests for assistance on the Legislative Floor, answer incoming calls to the Legislative Chamber, and possibly assist in committee hearings. The deadline for submitting an application is Monday, October 3, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. A letter of recommendation from your state senator is encouraged. College students from District 16 requesting a letter of recommendation from Senator Brasch should contact our office at (402) 471-2728 or lbrasch@leg.ne.gov.

Applications are available at the Clerk of the Legislature’s Office, Room 2018, State Capitol, 1445 K Street. For further information on the application process, please contact the Office of the Clerk of the Legislature at (402) 471-2271 or Kitty Kearns at (402) 471-0617, or email Kitty at kkearns@leg.ne.gov.

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News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For more information:
Brett Waite, Legislative Aide
Office of Senator Lydia Brasch, District 16
(402) 471-2728
bwaite@leg.ne.gov

 

Join Senator Lydia Brasch and Governor Pete Ricketts for a Town Hall in Blair, NE

Senator Lydia Brasch and Governor Pete Ricketts will be hosting a town hall together in Blair on Monday, August 8, 2016, and the public are invited to attend. “This will be a great opportunity for the constituents of District 16 to voice their concerns directly to me, as well as the Governor,” said Senator Brasch.

The details for the town hall are as follows:

  • 1:30 p.m. at the Memorial Community Hospital & Health System, 810 N 22nd, Blair, NE.

Questions about event details can be directed to Brett Waite at (402) 471-2728.

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Press Release

March 4th, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Brett Waite,

Legislative Aide to Senator Brasch

Office: (402) 471-2728

E-Mail: bwaite@leg.ne.gov

 

State Treasurer’s 2016 Unclaimed Property Report Published

State Senator Lydia Brasch encourages constituents of District 16 to review State Treasurer Don Stenberg’s 2016 Unclaimed Property Report. Many individuals from District 16 have been pleasantly surprised to discover they indeed had unclaimed property held in trust by the State.

The State Treasurer’s Unclaimed Property Division is a repository for money and other personal assets considered lost or abandoned. Unclaimed property includes certificates of deposits, checking and savings accounts, commissions, contents of safe deposit boxes, death benefits, dividends, gift certificates, insurance payments, money orders, paid-up life insurance, refunds, stocks, uncashed checks, and unpaid wages. The unclaimed property may be a small dollar amount or could be in the hundreds of dollars or more from several combined smaller amounts found.

The Unclaimed Property Report is scheduled to be published in 16 Nebraska newspapers, as required by statute, throughout March and early April. The State Treasurer’s Office holds more than $170 million in property for 350,000 Nebraskans. In 2015, the State Treasurer returned more than $11.8 million to more than 15,000 owners and plans to return even more in 2016.

March 6 – Omaha World Herald and Scottsbluff Star-Herald

March 19 – Norfolk Daily News, Beatrice Daily Sun, Fremont Tribune, York News-Times, and   Columbus Telegram

March 20 – Lincoln Journal Star

April 1 – Holdrege Citizen, McCook Gazette, and Sydney Sun-Telegraph

April 2 – Alliance Times-Herald, Hastings Tribune, and Kearney Hub

April 3 – Grand Island Independent and North Platte Telegraph

If you would like to obtain a copy of the entire Unclaimed Property Report, you may contact the State Treasurer’s Office at (402) 471-2455, or check for unclaimed property at any time online at https://treasurer.nebraska.gov/.

 

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News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For more information:
Brett Waite, Legislative Aide
Office of Senator Lydia Brasch, District 16
(402) 471-2728
bwaite@leg.ne.gov

Senator Lydia Brasch Invites You to Attend: DISTRICT 16 TOWN HALL MEETINGS – Monday, November 2

Senator Lydia Brasch will host town hall meetings November 2 in Blair and Tekamah to listen to constituents’ views considering legislation to introduce, support, or oppose prior to session commencing. Officials from the Nebraska Department of Roads (NDOR) will also be present to provide updates on area roads projects.

Blair

9:00am to 10:30am at the Blair City Council Chamber, 218 South 16th St.

Tekamah

1:00pm to 2:30pm at the Tekamah Public Library, 204 South 13th St.

Questions about event details can be directed to Brett at 402-471-2728 or bwaite@leg.ne.gov.

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News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For more information:
Brett Waite, Legislative Aide
Office of Senator Lydia Brasch, District 16
(402) 471-2728
bwaite@leg.ne.gov

Join Senator Lydia Brasch and Governor Pete Ricketts for a Town Hall in West Point, NE

Senator Lydia Brasch and Governor Pete Ricketts will be hosting a town hall together in West Point on Tuesday, September 29, 2015, and the public is invited to attend.

This is a great opportunity for the constituents of District 16 to voice their concerns directly to their Senator as well as to the Governor.

The details for the town hall are as follows:

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Nielsen Community Center, 200 Anna Stalp Ave.

Questions about event details can be directed to Brett at 402-471-2728.

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Unicameral Page Program

September 18th, 2015

News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For More Information:
Tom Venzor, Legislative Aide
Office of Senator Lydia Brasch, District 16
(402) 471-2728
tvenzor@leg.ne.gov

Senator Brasch Encourages District 16 College Students to Apply for Unicameral Page Program

Senator Brasch encourages college students from Legislative District 16 to apply for the Unicameral Page Program and experience the distinguished opportunity to work in the Nebraska Legislature and represent his or her hometown and District 16. Senator Brasch appreciates the opportunity to meet applicants and provide a letter of recommendation for the position. “To be a legislative page,” said Senator Brasch, “is a privileged opportunity and provides every college student a unique occasion to be part of the legislative process and witness how our State’s unicameral functions.”

The Nebraska Clerk of the Legislature is accepting applications for legislative pages for the 2016 legislative session. Legislative pages are local college students employed by the legislature to respond to senators’ requests for assistance on the legislative floor, answer incoming calls to the chamber and prepare for and assist with committee hearings. The deadline for submitting an application and a letter of recommendation is Wednesday, September 30th at 5:00 p.m.

Please contact Senator Brasch with questions at (402) 471-2728 or lbrasch@leg.ne.gov.  For a page application please contact the Clerk’s Office at 402-471-2271.

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Sen. Lydia Brasch

District 16
Room #1022
P.O. Box 94604
Lincoln, NE 68509
Phone: (402) 471-2728
Email: lbrasch@leg.ne.gov
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