Lynne knows that attracting good paying jobs is the most important issue in Dodge county. That’s why she will continue to work with local communities on economic development projects and focus on incentives for entrepreneurs and small business owners. She will also focus on other barriers that affect attracting new businesses, like shortages in workforce housing.
As a former teacher, Lynne knows the value that a quality education provides for Nebraska families. In 2019, she received the Friend of Education award for her work in promoting early childhood education, increasing awareness for mental health services in schools, advocating for special needs kids and promote more opportunities for our students. As Vice-Chair of the Education Committee, she will continue to make our schools stronger and safer for our children and grandchildren.
Lynne knows that our crumbling infrastructure hurts our economy and our way of life. That’s why Lynne will proceed to promote unique funding mechanisms to fix our roads and streets in a timely manner. As we experienced in 2019, we also must do more to address flood control to protect our communities. And we must look at expanding our digital infrastructure by expanding high-speed internet to every home and business in Nebraska. Broadband is no longer a luxury, it’s a necessity to compete in the 21st century.
For years, the governor and legislature have failed the citizens of Nebraska by not acting on property taxes. High property taxes hurt businesses, working families, and farmers and ranchers. In 2019, Lynne voted for property tax reform. That plan wasn’t perfect, but it was a step in the right direction. In her second term, Lynne will keep leading the effort to build consensus around a comprehensive plan to make government more effective and efficient, while lowering your taxes.
Over the past few years, we have seen three of Dodge County’s nursing home facilities close due to failed policies by the Department of Health and Human Services. With an aging population, Senator Walz passed legislation to increase funding to nursing homes to help those experiencing financial hardships. She’s also led efforts to increase the quality of care for people with disabilities and those struggling with mental health issues.