LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) —
Nebraska lawmakers have passed a measure to let cities offer "relocation
incentives" to attract new residents, if local voters approve.
The measure coasted through its third and final vote on Thursday, 44-0.
Kate Sullivan of Cedar Rapids proposed the bill in an effort to help
small towns attract plumbers, electricians, nurses and other high-demand
workers. Community officials could use local-option sales tax revenue
previously approved by voters, but voters would have to weigh in again
to specifically use that money for incentives.
Sullivan has said the measure was loosely inspired by a state incentive program in Kansas.
Several local chambers of commerce have spoken in support of the bill, as has the League of Nebraska Municipalities.