State Senators Answer Questions At Legislative Forum
Posted: 22 March, 2013
WAYNE (KTCH/KCTY) - High school students from Wayne, Ponca and Wakefield, as well as Wayne State students gathered among a crowd Friday morning for a legislative forum held at Gardner Hall on the WSC campus.
The five state senators that made up the legislative panel were District 15 Senator Charlie Janssen of Fremont, District 16 Senator Lydia Brasch of Bancroft, District 17 Senator Dave Bloomfield of Hoskins, District 19 Senator Jim Scheer of Norfolk and District 22 Senator Paul Schumacher of Columbus. The moderator for the event was Mark Ahmann, who presented questions and topics to the senators that were submitted by the audience. Topics ranged anywhere from state and federal taxes, the Keystone XL oil pipeline, education and minimum wage pay rates. Senator Janssen noted that, regarding the pipeline project, too much time was wasted trying to get it approved. “It should’ve been done before our special session,” Janssen said. “It was perfectly safe then, it’s perfectly safe now. We just wasted a lot of good resources and time.” Senator Bloomfield offered his opinion on the current minimum wage situation. “I’m not a fan of the current state or federal minimum wage package,” Bloomfield said. “It tends to force people to not be able to hire folks. If you go looking for a job now, and somebody can afford to pay you seven dollars an hour for that job, doesn’t necessarily mean they can afford to pay you ten dollars an hour for that job.” While discussing education and funding, Senator Brasch brought up LB 296, which is the state college savings plan, and her priority bill. “Currently a person can get an up to five thousand dollars tax credit in savings for college, this bill would double that and allow a person to put away ten thousand dollars a year if able,” Brasch said. The forum of five senators spoke in front of the large crowd for approximately and hour and a half on Friday.