State Senator John Stinner of Gering is spearheading debate over legislation that would create a state-run, economic early warning system for Nebraska communities.
Chairman of the Appropriations Committee, Stinner says the goal of such a system would be to warn Nebraska communities, especially smaller ones, when they come close to exceeding their budgets.
“After I look at what happened in Cheyenne County with Cabela’s (and) the Beatrice Six (in Gage County), it started to resonate to me,” says Stinner.
He says endgame is to give all Nebraska communities, especially smaller ones, a mechanism to identify and correct major economic issues before they grow too big.
“Of course with the small towns in rural Nebraska, we’re seeing more and more stress relative to the fiscal side of things.”
A hearing is scheduled for Thursday at the Capitol building where Stinner says lawmakers will scrutinize the plan and help iron out any kinks before formal legislation is introduced.