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Nebraska State Legislature - District 49

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    Jen Day
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Biographical Information

Does Nebraska need to change its method of redistricting? Why or why not?

Do you feel there is a need for voter ID? If so, why and how should it be implemented?

How should the problem of prison overcrowding be handled?

Does Nebraska need a paid family medical leave program? Why or why not?

Should there be increased restrictions on money in politics? Why or why not? What specific restrictions would you support?

What is your plan to ensure Nebraska’s infrastructure and economy are stable during and post pandemic, such as COVID-19?

Occupation Owner/Operator of Artis Strength and Fitness
Education BS Political Science, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Current Public Office, dates held N/A
Past Public Office, dates held N/A
Address 15708 Redwood St
Marital Status Married
Age 39
Military experience N/A
Volunteer experience Member of community boards. Hosted multiple fundraisers, food drives, blood drives, and clothing drives as owner of Artis Strength and Fitness. Volunteer for multiple community picnics, food banks, etc.
Twitter @JenDay4NE
Yes, Nebraska needs to change its method of redistricting. The current method allows for partisan gerrymandering, which waters down the strength of our democracy and directly inhibits the will of the people. Voters should choose their representatives; representatives shouldn’t choose their voters. We need a method that allows for voters to be represented in a fair and unbiased way, such as independent redistricting commissions or the tech-based solutions we are seeing in other states.
No, Nebraska does not need voter ID, at least not in the form it is currently being introduced. The current legislation is not only an incredibly expensive waste of taxpayer dollars, but if implemented, it would disenfranchise thousands of Nebraska voters. There is absolutely zero evidence of voter impersonation or voter fraud in Nebraska; this is a “solution” begging for a problem. We need to stop wasting Nebraskans time and money with useless bills that don’t solve real problems Nebraskans are facing.
The problem of prison overcrowding is a serious one in Nebraska and has lead to problems for both incarcerated individuals and corrections officers. It is a complex issue with many layers, but I believe the starting point to solving the issue in a timely manner resides in a combination of sentencing reform; implementing a pay structure for staff that emphasizes retention, protection, and attracts new staff members; and reducing recidivism rates by making sure that individuals who are incarcerated have the proper environment to keep them from coming back to prison.
Yes, Nebraska needs a paid family medical leave program. We have to the contributions our Nebraska families make to our state by making sure that, when they need it, we provide them with the framework necessary to foster healthy relationships and economic prosperity. Whether that is a new mother or father spending time with their newborn without fear of losing their income or job, a son being able to provide care for his elderly mother, or an emergency situation that requires intensive care from family, we should provide Nebraskans with the peace of mind that comes with paid family medical leave. This protects families from economic ruin in times of need.
Yes there needs to be increased restrictions on money in politics. Elections should not be bought, they should be earned. Many politicians, including those here in Nebraska, have learned that they no longer have to do the hard work of campaigning if they have enough money to do paid advertising via mailers, TV, and radio ads. so much time is spent as a candidate on fundraising, when I believe that time could be better spent reaching voters. I would be in favor of capping donations for state level races, just like they are capped for federal level races.

You should earn the votes of your constituents through door knocking, phone calls, community events, and quality, responsive representation, not by out-fundraising and out-slandering your opponent.
An emergency relief package was passed by the legislature to bolster Nebraska's infrastructure and I believe this was an excellent first step. However, I believe more relief is needed for individuals and businesses. Nebraska small businesses, like mine, are the backbone of our economy and we need to be sure that we are mitigating the risk of too many of these businesses closing their doors. Additionally, our agriculture sector, which feeds Nebraskans and much of the country and the world, needs to be supported in their efforts to continue producing so that the food supply chain is not interrupted.

We can rebuild our economy, but we can not rebuild from nothing. We need to be sure that individuals and businesses are surviving this storm, so that when it is all over, we have a foundation from which to start.