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Nebraska | June 21, 2021

Nebraska Sending State Troopers to US-Mexico Border Over Immigration Crisis: Governor

Nebraska | June 21, 2021

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts announced that the state will send troopers to the U.S.-Mexico border to aid law enforcement after the governors of Arizona and Texas sent a request to other states for help amid a surge of people crossing the border illegally.

Ricketts, a Republican, appears to be the second governor after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced he would deploy troopers and other law enforcement officials from his state to the border. “Nebraska is stepping up to help Texas respond to the ongoing crisis on their border with Mexico,” said Ricketts, a Republican, in a statement on Saturday. “The disastrous policies of the Biden-Harris Administration created an immigration crisis on the border. While the federal government has fallen short in its response, Nebraska is happy to step up to provide assistance to Texas as they work to protect their communities and keep people safe.”…

(Excerpts from the Epoch Times)

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Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Nebraska, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee | June 7, 2021

Migration Study Shows Big Cities Continue Losing Population During First Quarter

Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Nebraska, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee | June 7, 2021

Americans in the first quarter of 2021 continued their 2020 pattern of moving from expensive, densely populated areas to warmer, more tax-affordable states, according to a new study from Updater Technologies.

Updater Technologies is an online platform that allows people to use a centralized hub for moving, including finding a moving company, connecting internet and utility services and updating their address. The company says the inbound and outbound data it uses is more reliable than tabulating mail forwarding forms because it captures fully completed permanent moves in real time. It also indexes cities and states based on population, since using raw numbers would skew toward the most populated areas based on sheer volume.

Out of roughly 300,000 household moves during the first quarter, only 16 states had a greater percentage of inbound moves than outbound: Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee, Arizona, Florida, Texas, North Carolina, Colorado, Georgia and Maine.

Half of those states are considered to be year-round warm weather states. In addition, four of them – Nevada, Florida, Tennessee and Texas – do not levy a state income tax.

“It’s been fascinating to watch migration patterns shift away from cities and to warmer weather climates during the pandemic,” said Updater CEO David Greenberg. “With vaccinations underway, restrictions lifted in some of our hardest-hit cities, and companies rolling out permanent hybrid working solutions, we’re anticipating a summer moving season unlike any other with a series of new, atypical patterns.”

Updater said its first quarter data for 2020 showed a higher-than-expected volume of moves, but that plummeted in March as the coronavirus pandemic hit and many states issued shelter in place orders. Move volume did not reach expected summer levels until the third quarter, and the fourth quarter of last year showed typical volumes that would be expected in a non-pandemic year…

(Excerpts from the Virginia Star)

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California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont | June 2, 2021

Red States Top Those with Lowest Unemployment Rates

California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont | June 2, 2021
by Bethany Blankley
Republican-led states and Vermont reported the lowest unemployment rates in April, according to a new report by the U.S. Commerce Department. States led by Democratic governors recorded the highest jobless rates, according to the report.

Unemployment rates were lower in April in 12 states and the District of Columbia and stable in 38 states, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

States with the highest unemployment rates in April were Hawaii (8.5%), California (8.3%), New Mexico and New York (both at 8.2%), and Connecticut (8.1%). All five states with the highest unemployment are run by Democratic trifectas, meaning Democrats control the governor’s office and both houses of the state legislature.

The four states with the lowest jobless rates in April were all run by Republican trifectas: Nebraska, New Hampshire, South Dakota and Utah, with 2.8% each. Vermont, with a Republican governor and a Democratic-controlled state House and Senate, ranked fifth-best with an unemployment rate of 2.9%.

Overall, 31 states had unemployment rates lower than the U.S. national average of 6.1%. The majority – 26 – are Republican-led states. Of the 19 states and the District of Columbia with jobless rates higher than the national average, 14 are led by Democrats…

(Excerpts from the Tennessee Star)

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Nebraska | April 23, 2021

2 Nebraska towns become ‘Sanctuary Cities for the Unborn’

Nebraska | April 23, 2021

Two towns in Nebraska have passed ordinances to become “Sanctuary Cities for the Unborn,” or places where performing an abortion can be criminally punished.

Hayes Center and Blue Hill, both of which have fewer than 1,000 residents, joined several towns in Texas in approving such ordinances, doing so on April 6 and April 13, respectively.

“It shall be unlawful for any person to procure or perform an abortion of any type and at any stage of pregnancy in the village of Hayes Center, Nebraska,” reads the resolution approved by the village of Hayes Center Board of Trustees, as reported by The Hayes Center Times-Republican.

“It shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly aid or abet an abortion that occurs in the village of Hayes Center, Nebraska.”..

(Excerpts from The Christian Post)

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Nebraska | April 16, 2021

Nebraska Becomes Second Amendment Sanctuary State

Nebraska | April 16, 2021

Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts has declared his state a “Second Amendment Sanctuary State,” signing a proclamation which solidifies the state’s support for gun rights.

Ricketts posted a video on social media of his signing of the proclamation in which he states, “Nebraska has always been a state that has supported our Second Amendment rights. As a symbol of that support, I am signing a proclamation declaring Nebraska a Second Amendment Sanctuary State, and with my signature, it will become official.”..

(Excerpts from Charlie Kirk)

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Nebraska | April 9, 2021

Nebraska City Becomes “Sanctuary for the Unborn”

Nebraska | April 9, 2021

On Tuesday, the village of Hayes Center became the first in Nebraska to pass a Sanctuary for the Unborn ordinance and the 24th in the nationThe Hayes Center Times-Republican reports. The vote was 5-0 in favor of the pro-life ordinance.

Chairwoman Kimberle Primavera spearheaded the effort after reading about the city of Carbon, Texas passing a similar ordinance in February, according to the report.

The Sanctuary for the Unborn ordinance recognizes that unborn babies are valuable human beings who deserve to be protected under the law. It prohibits abortions within city limits and prevents abortion businesses from opening there. It also penalizes abortion practitioners for aborting unborn babies, but it does not penalize women who seek or have abortions.

“It shall be unlawful for any person to procure or perform an abortion of any type and at any stage of pregnancy in the village of Hayes Center, Nebraska,” the ordinance states. “It shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly aid or abet an abortion that occurs in the village of Hayes Center, Nebraska.”…

(Excerpt from LIFENEWS)

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