One of the more enjoyable parts of my job as a state senator is getting the word out about opportunities for the youth in our district and the state. The Secretary of State, John Gale, and the Nebraska Bankers Association are once again sponsoring the Youth Election Service (YES) program.
The YES program allows students ages 14-18 to volunteer to assist at polling locations on election day. They may be greeters, data entry clerks, election assistants and more. Most importantly, it is a hands-on civics lesson.
264 students from 27 Nebraska counties took part in the YES program in 2012. Participating students receive a certificate from the Secretary of State and those who work at least four hours are eligible for a drawing to win a gift card.
If you know any 14 – 18 year old interested in the program, you can contact your county election office, my office, or the Secretary of State’s office.
Some of the more aggravating parts of the job are watching as the government, both state and federal, reach more and more into our lives and spend our money on nonsensical ideas. Why either or any branch of government feels it is their or our responsibility to provide subsidized transportation to perfectly healthy individual citizens is beyond me but it appears that we are and will. I will have more information about this travesty in future “updates”.
Are you aware that Nebraska offers special tax breaks and incentives for beginning farmers and for established farmers who are working with beginning farmers?
As a beginning farmer you could get an exemption on up to $100,000 of property and equipment used for farming. To qualify, the beginning farmer and the established farmer need to apply together and the beginning farmer must be leasing land from the established farmer.
The deadline for those seeking these breaks for next year is November 1 which is quickly approaching. Since 1999 this program has provided $6.4 million in tax credits and has helped over 300 beginning farmers.
November 4th is just around the corner; please remember to exercise your right to vote. It is not only a right and a privilege, it is also a duty.