The Nebraska Chamber concluded its 2018 legislative forums with more than 1,300 attending the 30 State Chamber fall forum presentations held in 30 communities across the state from late August through late October. More than 45 state senators and announced legislative candidates also attended. For 35 years, the State Chamber’s annual legislative forums have been a joint effort between the Nebraska Chamber and the local chambers of commerce. . The forums highlighted pro-business accomplishments from the Nebraska Legislature’s 2018 session. Among the accomplishments included in the forum presentations were the passage of Chamber-supported legislation to prevent a $226 million income tax increase, as well as new laws to modernize the Workers’ Comp program and provide more incentives to build new workforce housing in rural Nebraska. State Chamber President Bryan Slone provided an overview of key challenges, such as stagnant population growth, workforce shortages and rural population loss. He reminded attendees of Nebraska’s important advantages, including its educational system, quality of life, and abundant natural resources – all of which will help Nebraskans overcome current obstacles and prosper well into the future.
Every forum included a discussion on Blueprint Nebraska – the new, business-led initiative to develop a long-term economic strategy for the state. Blueprint Nebraska Executive Director briefed forum attendees on the process being used to create a unified state strategy that will allow Nebraska to compete and win economically. Click here to see the fall forum presentation.
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