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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (March 19, 1998)
Hoppner addresses effective state representation
By Todd Anderson
Effective government relies on
lawmakers’ ability to set the budget,
a gubernatorial hopeful told
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Young Democrats at their meeting
Bill Hoppner, candidate for the
Democratic nomination for gover
nor, criticized Republicans support
ing business leaders who said the
Legislature was ineffective.
“Are we going to discuss and
debate in the Legislature with 49 rep
resentatives from across the state ...
or in a closed room with 49 business
people?” Hoppner said, referring to
the 49-member Business Summit.
The group of Nebraska business
leaders criticized the Legislature for
not curbing spending. It also pro
posed a constitutional amendment to
cap yearly budgets.
Hoppner criticized Republican
gubernatorial candidates for sup
porting business leaders, saying the
summit does not reflect Nebraska’s
“We need to be able to see from
the perspective of 1.7 million people
in this state,” he said. “And I think
that’s at risk.”
Capping the budget would “take
the Legislature out of the ball game
of providing property tax relief,”
since increased state spending is used
to pick up the slack, Hoppner said.
Tax relief is only one side of the
issue, he said.
“I come from a business back
ground, so responsible spending is
important,” Hoppner said. “But that’s
not the end of the discussion.
“Is the government effective?”
Hoppner also spoke about
retraining low-skilled workers as
well as preparing students for sectors
of the labor market facing a labor
“This is the most fundamental
current problem,” he said, “if we’re
going to continue the economic
growth achieved in the last decade.”
By Jessica Fargen
For the second week in a row,
UNL students spoke into the micro
phone in front of ASUN senators.
Two necessities at the University
of Nebraska-Lincoln - paper and
computers - had students speaking
their minds, as they did March 11
when students gathered to show sup
port for keeping Bill McLaughlin,
an adjunct chemistry instructor, at
Students who grabbed flyers
from Association of Students of the
University of Nebraska candidates
last week may not have been think
ing about the trees killed to make
them, one testifier said.
Graham Johnson, a member of
the environmental issues subcom
mittee, said he was concerned about
the waste of paper in the election.
Johnson, a UNL graduate stu
dent, congratulated ASUN on a suc
cessful campaign, but said the way
they conducted it was “strangely
“To create an (environmental
issues) committee but then to go and
produce numerous amounts of copy
- that really didn’t say too much
about those running,” he said.
Graham suggested prohibiting
candidates from passing around 8.5
by-11-inch flyers. Instead, he sug
gested candidates “spend time draw
ing colorful, beautiful banners” that
could be displayed in the Nebraska
Union and other buildings.
Graham said using banners
instead of flyers would increase
voter turnout because students
“would not just see letters on paper.”
ASUN also heard comments
about computer labs.
Saad Alavi, Union Board presi
dent, asked senators for informal
support to add several computer pro
grams to the 24-hour computer labs
because the Coe Lab at the College
of Business Administration was too
crowded and not open late enough.
But Paul Schreier, chairman of
the Technology Fees Advisory
Board, said if ASUN showed support
for the university providing depart
mental software for CBA, other col
leges could follow suit.
“If we say ‘OK you can have
this’ then any other department
would have the right, too,” Schreier
Alavi said three software pro
grams he wants installed in union
computers also could be used by
computer science and computer
engineering students, so it would
benefit several groups of students.
Although the issue was not up
for a vote, Schreier said Information
Services wants to know how stu
dents want money from their tech
nology fees spent.
In other ASUN business:
Sigma Lambda Beta, a Latino
fraternity, was approved as a student
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