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Kearney Mayor Speaks on Relocation Incentives

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Coasting through its third and final vote, Nebraska lawmakers pass a measure to let cities offer relocation incentives.

In a unanimous decision, the proposal was passed in an effort to help small towns attract new residents and high–demand workers.

Local officials have spoken in support of the bill saying it will bring recruitment for their community.

"We have a lot of needs. we obviously need a lot of welders...there are plenty job openings in Kearney and a lot of those things though, my personal opinion is it's up to that respective industry or that business to provide those incentives for their employees if they need to do something," said Kearney Mayor Stan Clouse.

Community officials could use local–option sales tax revenue, previously approved by voters, but they would have to weigh in again for the money to be used specifically for incentives.

Senator Kate Sullivan of Cedar Rapids proposed the bill hoping small towns will attract plumbers, electricians, nurses and other high–demand workers.

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