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Sen. Kate Bolz

Sen. Kate Bolz

District 29

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PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
January 9, 2017

CONTACT: Senator Kate Bolz, (402) 471-2734, kbolz@leg.ne.gov

Workforce Development Legislation Introduced by Senator Bolz

Lincoln, NE: State Senator Kate Bolz introduced a package of bills today promoting workforce development for Nebraska.  The bills address job quality, career education, access to child care, and retention of trained workers.

The Nebraska Chamber of Commerce reports that a survey of Nebraska’s business leaders found that eight in ten respondents said their community or business faced a workforce shortage, with skilled labor being highest in demand.  A report commissioned by the Nebraska Department of Economic Development entitled “Nebraska’s Next Economy” outlined workforce challenges slowing our economy including statewide workforce shortages, acute workforce shortages in higher skilled occupations, and failure to integrate underserved populations into the worker pipeline, among others.

Workforce development is the number one priority for economic growth in Nebraska,” states Bolz, “This package of bills represents a vision for investing in our workers, job quality, and career education and training to grow Nebraska and compete successfully in a global economy, using one of our states greatest assets, our people.”

The bills include:

  • A comprehensive bill investing $15 million dollars per year in career education and training, internship programs, student loan tax credits, and child care tax credits.

  • A bill to develop and fund the Integrated Education and Training Grant Program to fund efforts in community colleges to develop fast track career education programs that integrate developmental education and workforce preparation and training.

  • A bill defining job quality in Nebraska economic development programs as jobs paying 150% of the Nebraska average weekly wage and providing health care benefits.

  • A bill to expand the existing GAP tuition assistance program, which covers the educational costs of low-income students enrolling in programs that lead to industry recognized credentials and in-demand jobs, to include more eligible educational programs.

  • A bill to increase the value of the child care tax credit for working families.

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A New Session

January 4th, 2018

As we begin the 2018 Nebraska Unicameral Legislative session, you, my constituents, are on the top of my mind.  It is important to me to continue to stay in touch with you to let you know about the work that I am doing to represent District #29 as well as to hear your thoughts and ideas.

As the session moves forward, please feel free to contact me at (402) 471-2734.  You can also reach me via email at kbolz@leg.ne.gov.  At the end of session, I expect to have another legislative issues forum, where we can walk through the major legislative changes that were enacted and you can give me your input on our district’s priorities moving forward.

This session, some of my priorities include:

  • Balancing the state budget: Our state faces a significant budget shortfall which must be balanced this session.  I will work to protect your priorities, such as education, while making tough decisions about expenditures.  I welcome your input.
  • Public safety:  As you know, the state’s correctional system has faced challenges in recent years.  We must continue to address our overcrowded institutions while maintaining public safety by using parole options and by providing resources to make our institutions more safe and civil.
  • Jobs: Workforce development continues to be a major challenge for Nebraska businesses.  I will be proposing several pieces of legislation that promote job creation and job quality in our state.

I look forward to working with you and my colleagues to build a stronger Nebraska for all of us. I wish you the best in 2018.

Sincerely,

Senator Kate Bolz
Legislative District #29

Sen. Kate Bolz

District 29
Room #1015
P.O. Box 94604
Lincoln, NE 68509
Phone: (402) 471-2734
Email: kbolz@leg.ne.gov
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