Ken Smith

Proposed Legislation Undermines Nebraska’s Popular Ballot Initiative

For everyone to have access to the good life, we must ensure that Nebraska workers are paid a living wage. That’s why the minimum wage increase passed overwhelmingly on the ballot in November, and why we must now all fight to protect it. When Nebraskans went to the ballot box a few months ago, we …

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Governor Fails to Act on Needed Rental Assistance, But Now the Legislature Can

This week, Nebraska Appleseed joined the many voices across the state urging our leaders to accept $120 million in federal Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) funds that would help Nebraskans struggling due to the pandemic to stay housed. These federal funds, specifically earmarked for Nebraska, were inexplicably rejected by Governor Ricketts, making us one of only …

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Recommended Allocation of Remaining CARES Funds

Recommended Allocation of Remaining CARES Funds Recently, Governor Ricketts announced another round of CARES funded grant programs to help address the ongoing disruptions caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. This round of funding includes $48.5 million in support for non-profits and direct service providers, as well as another $25 million for businesses and ag producers who …

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