Workforce in Legislature: What the Chamber Supports.
This week, we are supporting Workforce here at the Chamber. The following bills all relate in some way to growing and changing workforce for the future of our state. We see these bills being a great support to the continued growth of Kearney and are looking forward to them being passed as law. Again, if you have any questions about any of these bills and why we support them, please reach out to President/CEO Derek Rusher.
Apprenticeships: LB813 - State intent regarding appropriations for apprenticeships and provide powers for the Department of Labor
Introduced by Senator Kate Bolz, would provide $4 million to Nebraska apprenticeship programs.
Student Data: LB1160 - Adopt the Nebraska Workforce and Education Reporting System Act
Introduced by Senator Matt Hansen, would create a longitudinal data system to track students and workforce outcomes. This data system will help the state evaluate workforce policies and ensure they are performing as intended.
Rural Workforce Housing: LB773 - Appropriate funds for the Rural Workforce Housing Investment Fund
Homes are where jobs sleep, and housing is an integral part of workforce policy. Introduced by Senator Matt Williams. LB773 would appropriate an additional $10 million to the Rural Workforce Housing Fund.
Career Scholarships: Finally, the KACC is pleased to support the $4 million career scholarships proposed in the Governor's budget. These scholarships at community colleges, state colleges and our universities are important for building high-wage, high-skill, and high-demand careers.