Gering Senator John Stinner is crossing his fingers , remaining optimistic that Governor Ricketts will sign the workforce housing bill he has worked on for two years and was given final approval by lawmakers Friday on a 35-8 vote.
Stinner said, “I’m hopeful that he will sign the bill, thinking the chambers, realtors and small business people that have been behind us will communicate their thoughts to the governor. I am very hopeful that will happen.”
Stinner says surveys by chambers across the state showed that while getting the required labor to fill jobs in the state is a priority, building the housing to attract those workers was also a big need.
Stinner says his bill will use tax increment financing and other incentives to reduce construction costs and bridge the gap between the price of such housing and the incomes of working families.
Stinner gave the completed session a grade of “B” noting it did come together to pass a two year budget that cuts $1.3 million to address a shortfall in revenue. Stinner did note the session die not produce the property tax relief many Nebraskans hoped for, which he blamed on competing legislation. Stinner still questions suggestions that a special session on the subject should be called, telling KNEB News “We really need to take our time to formulate a coalition of people so we don’t have competing factors out on the floor, but really focus on one or two different strategies that may work. “