Greetings Northeast Lincoln!
On April 18th, the 105th Legislature-Second Session adjourned “sine die”. Since then, my office has kept busy researching our interim studies, attending meetings, and preparing for committee hearings later in the summer. I hope this newsletter finds you well and enjoying the summer months.
Legislature’s Planning Committee
I am honored to serve on the Legislature’s Planning Committee, which is chaired by Senator Schumacher. The Planning Committee meets in the interim to identify emerging trends, assets, and challenges of the state and the long-term implications of the decisions made by the Nebraska Legislature. To do this, we collect and analyze data about a broad range of topics within Nebraska, including (but not limited to) demographics, workforce, education, wages, tax structure, revenue, and natural resources.
This month, the committee was fortunate to hear from the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s College of Public Affairs and Community Service, which provided us with helpful data and graphs depicting population change predictions over the next 50 years, and how Nebraska’s population will shift among legislative districts and counties. I enjoy serving on the Planning Committee, and having the opportunity to study data during the interim which will impact the choices we make next session and into the future.
If you venture into the Capitol over the next few months, you will likely see construction and closed off hallways. While it has not officially begun, the 10-year, five-phase Capitol HVAC Project will be underway soon. Many senators’ offices will be moving up into the tower of the Capitol as a result. My office, located on the first floor in room 1017, is in the northwest quadrant and is not slated to move any time soon.
University Place Pop Up Farmer’s Market
The University Place Pop Up Farmer’s Market will take place on July 11th and August 8th this year, from 3pm-6pm both days, at the corner of 48th and Madison. Hosted by the University Place Community Organization, Civic Nebraska, and Community Crops, the pop up farmer’s market will have produce and art vendors along with activities and discussions about how to bring a farmer’s market back to the neighborhood, and future plans for the 48th and Madison location.