Senator Stinner Already Getting Input On Spending Pandemic Relief Funds


       State Senator John Stinner of Gering says he’s already getting requests and suggestions on how to spend the state’s share of federal pandemic relief money – and he’s expecting to get a lot more. 

       Stinner, chairman of the Legislature’s budget-writing Appropriations Committee, spoke Wednesday at a public question-and-answer session hosted by the OpenSky Policy Institute, a Lincoln-based tax policy think tank.

       Stinner said among those he’s spoken with are Nebraska’s child welfare and developmental disability service providers. 

     They told him they’re under competitive pressure to keep workers because they aren’t able to pay as much as other employers. 

      Stinner also said he expects pressure from others to spend the money on jobs programs and broadband service.