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Governor’s 180 on Summer EBT Surprising, But Welcome

As is often the nature of the beast in reporting news from the Unicameral, things changed rapidly from the time of writing my last post on Sunday to Monday’s surprise announcement from Governor Pillen declaring he had changed his mind and would be opting Nebraska into the Summer EBT program

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Summer EBT Bill Hits Committee Roadblock

Editor’s note: Gov. Pillen announced this morning that he is accepting Summer EBT for this summer. Read more here. The following blog post was written before his announcement. CSN is sharing it for advocates’ awareness on the legislative process that place before Gov. Pillen made his announcement.   After an excellent

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Governor’s Tax Plan Unites Diverse Group of Critics

Public hearings on various components of Governor Jim Pillen’s proposed budget and tax reform plans kicked off last week in the Revenue and Appropriations committees, to a more negative reception than we’ve seen with other recent governors’ budget and tax plans. Pillen’s primary ally and proxy in the legislature has

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Floor Debate Off To A Smooth Start…For Now

In its first week of taking up carryover bills for floor debate in the mornings, the legislature has been off to a remarkably smooth and…dare I say…collegial?…start. Following the prior week’s differences in opinion over proposed changes to the legislature’s rules and last session’s bitter divisiveness that led to a

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Rules Debate Concludes, Nonpartisanship Preserved

Tuesday and Wednesday’s agendas were filled with the less controversial, streamlining and process improvement-type rule change proposals — mostly introduced by Speaker Arch — which had advanced from the Rules committee with a unanimous 5-0 vote. After debating at length and amending some of those, the legislature adopted them all.

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Rules Debate Begins: Majority Power, Minority Voice

A hearing on 34 proposed changes to the rules was held on Monday, and by Wednesday, the Rules committee members had voted to send 16 of those to the floor for consideration. I’d generally lump these into two thematic groups: some were technical changes, process improvements to legislative operations, codifying

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We need to change the poverty narrative in Nebraska

By Laurie Ponce, CSN Director Recently, Nebraska Governor Jim Pillen turned down federal funding for the state to participate in the Summer EBT program, which would have provided kids who qualify for free and reduced lunches an extra $40 a month to use for eligible food purchases in the summer

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Back to the People’s Business

108th Legislature, 2nd session: Back to The People’s Business? Your 49 state senators returned to their desks in the George W. Norris Chamber this week to commence the shorter 60-day session of the biennium. Our legislature operates on a biennial system based on the structure of our state’s budget: Odd

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