Author: Jennifer Carter

A very fond farewell

Today is my last day at Nebraska Appleseed and it is bittersweet. I came to Appleseed over 11 years ago. I was new to Nebraska and looking for work that I would find more meaningful than the commercial litigation I was doing at big firms in New York. What I found at Appleseed was more meaningful and fulfilling than I… Read more →

Legislative Update

The 2014 Legislative session comes to a close this week when senators adjourn sine die on Thursday.  We’re pleased to let you know several of our big priority bills passed this session! Let’s take a quick look back at the highlights at the Capitol in 2014. Immigration reform resolution passes last week LR 399 (Sen. Wightman) – In the closing… Read more →

Legislative Update

We are just seven days away from the close of the 2014 Nebraska Legislature session and several important bills await debate, and hopefully passage.  Read on to see how your voice can influence these debates and get caught up on the Legislature action from last week. Legislature fails to pass bill to raise minimum wage for hard-working families LB 943… Read more →

Legislative Update

We’re now less than a month away from the end of the 2014 Nebraska Legislature session and last week was a big one as several of our priorities were debated on the floor. Legislature blocks Wellness In Nebraska Act from receiving vote For the second straight year, a bill to help 54,000 uninsured Nebraskans access affordable health coverage was defeated… Read more →

Legislative Update

Last week was the first week of full-day debate at the Legislature, and several of Appleseed’s priority bills were on the move. LB 853 – This bill, which implements stakeholder recommendations to implement the Bridge to Independence program passed on General File on March 7.  This bill will be important to ensure a solid start to the Bridge to Independence… Read more →

Legislative Update

Last week was the first week of full-day debate at the Legislature, and several of Appleseed’s priority bills were on the move. LB 853 – This bill, which implements stakeholder recommendations to implement the Bridge to Independence program passed on General File on March 7.  This bill will be important to ensure a solid start to the Bridge to Independence… Read more →

Legislative Update

Last week was the final week of committee hearings in the 2014 Nebraska legislative session, which means the rest of the session will feature full days of floor debate starting today. Appleseed’s priority bills will be up for debate over the next couple of weeks and we will be sending you notices at key moments to take action on important… Read more →

Legislative Update – February 11, 2014

A couple of Appleseed’s top priority bills received committee hearings last week, and priority bill designation has begun.  Get caught up and see how you can get involved in this week’s Legislative Update. Appleseed testifies in support of bipartisan resolution calling for common-sense immigration laws On February 5th, Appleseed joined a large group of faith, business, and community leaders to… Read more →

Legislative Update – February 4, 2014

Two of Appleseed’s priority bills were heard in committee last week with several additional important bills up for hearings this week.  Read more about Appleseed’s stances and learn how you can get involved. Wellness In Nebraska supporters pack HHS Committee Hearing On January 29, dozens of supporters packed a State Capitol room to testify in support of LB 887, the… Read more →

Legislative Update – January 28, 2014

Committee hearings on bills began last week, and Appleseed testified on several bills of interest.  We will be testifying on more of our priority bills this week during the first full week of committee hearings. Hearing on Wellness In Nebraska bill Wednesday LB 887 – The “Wellness In Nebraska Act” (WIN) would provide health insurance to at least 54,000 Nebraskans.… Read more →

Legislative Update

It’s a busy time in the Nebraska Legislature as bill introduction concludes this week and committee hearings begin.  Several key bills that Appleseed is closely following were introduced last week and still more will be in committee hearings this week. Appleseed responds to Governor’s State of the State Address Governor Heineman issued his State of the State Address on Wednesday,… Read more →

Legislative Update

The 2014 Nebraska Legislature began this year’s 60-day session last week, and each week we will provide an update on bills related to Appleseed’s programs.  It’s been a busy start to the session already, and a number of bills have been introduced that Appleseed is excited about. Wellness In Nebraska provides uniquely Nebraskan solution to health care LB 887 –… Read more →

Take Action – Add your voice to Nebraska tax discussion

Our state’s tax system affects every Nebraska family, and changes in tax policy can have big implications especially to families that make low incomes. To make sure our tax system is fair for our state’s lowest-earning families, Appleseed is keeping a close eye on the discussion about possible changes to Nebraska’s tax system made by the Legislature’s Tax Modernization Committee.… Read more →

Legislative Update

Green Lights In the Capitol’s legislative chamber, there is a large sign listing each Senator’s name. When a Senator votes in favor of a bill, a light next to their name turns bright green. “Green Lights” highlights the passage of bills that advance justice and opportunity in Nebraska. LB 216 – The “Young Adult Voluntary Services and Support Act” introduced… Read more →

Legislative Update

Green Lights In the Capitol’s legislative chamber, there is a large sign listing each Senator’s name. When a Senator votes in favor of a bill, a light next to their name turns bright green. “Green Lights” highlights the passage of bills that advance justice and opportunity in Nebraska. LB 99 – This bill, sponsored by Sen. Heath Mello, increases and… Read more →

Legislative Update

Green Lights In the Capitol’s legislative chamber, there is a large sign listing each Senator’s name. When a Senator votes in favor of a bill, a light next to their name turns bright green. “Green Lights” highlights the passage of bills that advance justice and opportunity in Nebraska. LB 195 – (the mainline budget bill) and accompanying budget bills: The… Read more →

Take Action – Help Medicaid bill get a vote!

A crucial piece of legislation is being obstructed in the Legislature.  We need your help! LB 577, the bill that would extend Medicaid coverage, would help 54,000 uninsured, working Nebraskans get access to health care.  It would provide security to our rural hospitals, our working families, and our veterans.  It is beneficial to our economy, returning $2.3 billion to our… Read more →

Legislative Update

Green Lights In the Capitol’s legislative chamber, there is a large sign listing each Senator’s name. When a Senator votes in favor of a bill, a light next to their name turns bright green. “Green Lights” highlights the passage of bills that advance justice and opportunity in Nebraska. LB 240 – A bill introduced by Sen. John Harms that allows… Read more →

Legislative Update

New Medicaid program bill debated in Legislature LB 577, the bill to implement the Affordable Care Act’s new Medicaid option, took center stage in the Legislature this week.  Senators engaged in day-long debate on April 16 and 17. LB 577 would provide affordable health care access to 54,000 Nebraskans while saving the state $2.4 million this biennium.  It is a… Read more →