When I began my service as a state senator in 2017, there were roughly 60,000 job vacancies in the skilled trades in Nebraska. Now the department of labor will say the number is closer to 80,000 job vacancies.

South Dakota’s governor likes to boast there are about 25,000 vacant jobs in her state. It is important to remember that South Dakota, like our neighbor Wyoming, does not have an income tax. For a lot of hourly workers in Nebraska, the state income tax taken from them could pay a healthcare premium, or go towards a new(er) vehicle. Our taxes are why people move away or don’t move here in the first place.  

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