Nebraska Senate GOPer 'not for the government building houses' says employers should
Nebraska State Senator Steve Erdman, a Republican, does not believe the government should be responsible for providing housing — even when it comes to "workforce development."
The GOP leader vocalized his position on the issue of the state's lack of housing availability during a state senate floor debate Wednesday.
Heartland Signal shared a clip of the senator's speech via Twitter, writing, "Nebraska State Sen. Steve Erdman (R-Bayard) opposes any government funding for housing, including for workforce development. 'I'm not for the government building houses. Not one. If you have a workforce shortage and the housing is not available, build one.'"
He emphasized, "For anybody who's listened to my comments in the past, you will not be surprised that I'm not for the government building houses. Not one. If you have a workforce shortage and the housing is not available, build one.'"
The senator continued, "In rural Nebraska — the agricultural world and ranching and farming, if we're looking for an employee to be on our ranch or a farm, we provide housing for them," adding, "I have yet to see a place in any Constitution, or the United States or Nebraska, that says, 'It's the state's obligation to build houses.' We're in a free market enterprise system."
Omaha World-Herald reported earlier this month, "when the state chamber of commerce surveys communities on the biggest barrier they face for growth, they don't cite a lack of jobs," or "the state's tax system or climate."
President of the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry Bryan Slone, emphasized, "Housing comes up No. 1 every time," adding, per Omaha World-Herald, "there's no doubt the lack of housing is contributing to Nebraska’s large pool of unfilled jobs."
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\u201cNebraska State Sen. Steve Erdman (R-Bayard) opposes any government funding for housing, including for workforce development.\n\n"I'm not for the government building houses. Not one. If you have a workforce shortage and the housing is not available, build one."\u201d— Heartland Signal (@Heartland Signal) 1685560798
Omaha World-Journal's full report is available at this link.
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