It’s hard to keep up with what happens in local and state politics, especially in our polarized climate. This week, I’m sharing my main focus points from the last legislative session to inform you, and hopefully diffuse our polarity with this information. A few days ago, I shared a wind energy bill that I introduced. It thankfully passed, and has allowed wonderful state growth as a result.
Today I’d like to share a focus point of mine from this year that was defeated on the floor. LB358 was a proposal for a gradual transition in SNAP benefits. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, is a successful program that helps hard-working, struggling families put food on the table. This assistance is critical, but it should also be temporary and transitional. As the program’s benefits have a specific threshold of income eligibility, families are often forced to choose between taking a raise or a better job and losing these benefits and being able to put food on the table. This is known as the “cliff effect”. My bill sought to make this transition more gradual, allowing these families to take promotions and still feed their family. It was unfortunately defeated on the floor, but I look forward to working with my fellow state senators to pass similar legislation in the name of common sense next year.