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Nebraska State Legislature - District 1

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    Janet Palmtag
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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 J.J. Palmtag, Inc. founder/owner real estate brokerage in NE/MO. Former insurance agency owner
Education University of Nebraska B.S. University of Phoenix M.B.A. Peru State College Lourdes Central Catholic Highschool
Past Public Office, dates held Univ of Nebraska Presidents Advisory 2009-2019, NE Dept of Economic Development Commissioner 2002-2010, NE Equal Opportunity Commissioner 2012-2018, Nebr City Airport Auth 2002-2008
Address 128 S 42nd Road, Syracuse, NE 68446
Marital Status Married
Age 59
Volunteer experience St. Marys hospital foundation, Veterans memorial bldg renovation, India-women entr. training, Kenya-dental/medical clinic, NYC hurricane recovery, CASA, student tutor, Habitat for Humanity, Nat'l organization flood response, Brownville Concert Series
Twitter @JanetPalmtag
No. Redistricting is handled by the state legislature, whom we elected. They should ensure that it is done fairly and for valid purposes, without partisan political intentions. We must demand this of our representatives in the Nebraska Unicameral.

Yes. I support Secretary of State Evnen’s effort to ensure a voter is who they claim to be, without creating an unfair burden on voters. Fair elections are paramount to democracy.
The prison systems are in a critical state and the problems must be adressed urgently. There are under-utilized solutions that show significant promise, like increasing funding for mental health and drug treatment programs, and using problem-solving courts like "Drug Court" and "Veterans Court" to address populations that have special needs within the justice system, and building additional prison space. Allocating funds for services to reduce prisoner bottlenecks -- like drug testing when coming into the system and required drug treatment programming for getting out -- will reduce the prison population and "warehousing" citizens. I'll work tirelessly to help resolve this urgent crisis.
Paid family leave is important for strengthening our families and the development of children- also for keeping quality employees at our Nebraska companies. Small business owners are hit hardest, however, when trying to finance and manage their businesses of just a few employees in leave situations. Voluntary paid programs are used to attract and maintain quality workforce but with smaller companies, the employer cannot afford the duplication of payroll costs, nor can the employee afford to take needed time off- it’s a problem. I support a voluntary plan because a mandatory plan without help to protect small businesses could close small businesses and cost the very jobs we are trying to improve for women. I’m a mother of three and a small business owner. I know first-hand the struggles faced here. Our company has been a supporter of family-first management policies for my entire career, but it's not enough. We need to find a solution.
The Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission does a good job of monitoring campaign contributions and expenditures with full transparency so we can see how candidates are being funded and by whom. Nebraska is one of the most transparent governments in the nation.
We must help our businesses and workforce survive during this pandemic and after by simplifying processes for unemployment , loans for business and mortgage loan suspensions, and extending filing deadlines as needed. Nebraska and our Federal Government have been very responsive thus far but when this is over, already fragile situations will be dire.

Rural broadband Internet has become as important as utilities. School online, telemedicine and work from home during this pandemic has taught us that access to high-speed Internet is critical to every Nebraskan. We need accurate coverage maps to be awarded grants and we must work with Internet service providers quickly to build high-speed Internet infrastructure in rural Nebraska.

Going forward, Nebraska needs its own reserve supply of medical respirators, facemasks, and virus-testing equipment plus other supplies to help address non-viral health crises.
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