Federal Support – fewer
The Federal COVID-19 Supplemental Appropriations package provides Nebraska $10.8 billion, plus another $1.6 billion in Economic Impact Payments. Last week, Governor Ricketts outlined the plan to distribute these funds under the Nebraska Coronavirus Relief Fund Program. Go here for those details beginning on page 14.
Speaking of the Governor, he will cut his Monday – Friday 2 pm CDT press conferences to Mondays and Thursdays at 2 pm.
There’s more! The Governor announced the following less restrictive Directed Health Measures for 89 counties, effective tomorrow. The DHMs for Dakota, Hall, Hamilton, and Merrick Counties remain more stringent.
- Gatherings e.g., preschools, fairgrounds, fairs, festivals, auditoriums, stadiums, arenas, large event conference rooms, meeting halls, libraries, arenas, tracks, zoos, aquariums, swimming pools, etc. are restricted to the greater of 25 patrons (excluding staff) or 25% of the rated occupancy, not to exceed 3,000 people.
- Gatherings do not include airports, bus/train stations, shopping malls, offices, retail and grocery stores, etc.
- Gyms, health clubs, salons, barbershops, massage therapy, and tattoo parlors require masks and are limited to 25 patrons or 50% of rated capacity.
- Restaurants, bars, and private clubs cannot exceed 50% of the maximum rated occupancy. Patrons must be seated.
- Weddings and funeral receptions are limited to 25 attendees or 50% of the venue rated capacity.
- Religious services, weddings, and funerals must maintain six feet of separation and consist of a household unit or an individual.
- Baseball, softball, and volleyball may begin practices tomorrow. Games may start on June 18.
Prohibited: parades, carnivals, dances, beer gardens, basketball, football, volleyball, and wrestling games and practices. restrictions.
LB187 SUPPORT (Hilkeman)
- Adds two new definitions to an eligible sports arena facility to the Sports Arena Facility Financing Assistance Act.
- Any sports complex which includes concession areas, parking facilities and onsite administrative offices connected with operating the sports complex.
- A multipurpose field meaning a rectangular field of grass or synthetic turf which is primarily used for competitive field sports, that may include soccer, football, flag football, lacrosse or rugby.
- The bill repeals the occupancy requirement to receive a turn back of sales tax and replaces occupancy with project completion date.
LB1084 (Kolterman) MONITOR
- The Nebraska Transformational Project Act would provide $300 million in state funding to the University of Nebraska Medical Center for their NExT Project.
- NExT Project has two components: a state of the art academic medical center facility and a federal all-hazard disaster response military and civilian partnership.
- UNMC must show an economic impact to Nebraska of at least $2.7 billion during the planning and construction period and at least $4.9 billion over ten years.
FAILED TO ADVANCE
LB974 MONITOR (Linehan) REVENUE COMMITTEE PRIORITY BILL
- This is a complex property tax and school funding bill. As amended by AM2433, the bill would reduce property taxes as a major source of funding for K-12 education.
- Real property would be valued at 95% of actual value for tax year 2020.
- In tax year 2021, real property would be valued at 91%of actual value.
- In tax year 2022, and thereafter, real property would be valued at 86% of actual value.