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We had a good turnout at my town hall meeting in Stromsburg with Nebraska Department of Transportation Director Kyle Schneweis. I know that he appreciated everyone in attendance who engaged in a thoughtful discussion about transportation issues, especially the expansion of U.S. Highway 81 to four lanes.
There has been a lot of activity around the Capitol the last few weeks. Last Friday, I attended the Nebraska State Patrol 59th Basic Recruit Class graduation ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda. It was a pleasure joining with Governor Pete Ricketts, Secretary of State John Gale and State Patrol Superintendent Colonel John Bolduc to welcome the 14 new State Patrol officers in their service to our great State. Their dedication and hard work is an inspiration to their families, friends, and everyone who has taken part in their formative years in attendance. The ceremony was especially meaningful for me to watch as Lucas Gleisberg – a member of Suzanne’s extended family – received the R.J. Buchholz Physical Fitness Award.
It is important to note that this was Secretary Gale’s last State Patrol swearing in, as he is not seeking reelection this year and will conclude his time in office in early January. It was mentioned during the ceremony that Secretary Gale has sworn in more than 300 Nebraska State Troopers during his 18 years in office.
Also on Friday, I attended a special meeting with other senators to review Nebraska’s economic development programs. We reviewed research compiled by the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness with the goal to enhance the Nebraska Advantage Act. I am hopeful that this will lead to meaningful policy changes that will help us as a State to overcome major challenges including outmigration of young talent, tight labor markets and infrastructure gaps including broadband access.
I also had the opportunity to meet with representatives from several organizations as we prepare for the next Legislative session. A new one that I wanted to mention involves a collaborative effort called Invest in Nebraska. It is comprised of several of our State’s leading educational organizations including the Nebraska Department of Education, Nebraska Council of School Administrators, Nebraska Association of School Boards, Nebraska State Education Association, STANCE, Greater Nebraska Schools Association, Nebraska Rural Community Schools Association, Educational Service Units Coordinating Council, Beyond Bells, Holland Children’s Movement, Voices for Children in Nebraska, Stand for Schools and First Five Nebraska. They will be focusing on ways to ensure Nebraska schools provide a 21st century education for our young people.
As always, if we can be of assistance to you in any way, please do not hesitate to contact my office. My door is open and I have made it a goal to be accessible to the constituents of our district. Please stop by any time. My e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org, and the office phone number is 402-471-2756. Todd and Katie are always available to assist you with your needs. If I am not immediately available, please do not hesitate to work with them to address any issues that you may need assistance.