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Archive for March, 2016

OTOC to hold April 18 Accountability Session with OPPD Dt 5 Candidates

March 24th, 2016

OTOC will hold an accountability session with candidates for the OPPD Board from Sub District 5  which represents Central and Northwest Omaha. OPPD is an essential part of our community and the decisions of the Board have an impact on virtually every household in our region. Come to find out more about OPPD, the issues facing our utility and the candidates, one of whom will make key decisions for the next 6 years.

front with crowdBulletin Announcement and Story about OPPD Accountabililty Session

Join OTOC on  Monday, April 18 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Leo Catholic Church (102nd & Blondo) in the Fireside Room.

Learn about:

  • why each candidate is running;
  • how they would balance their  responsibility to OPPD management, the public they are elected to represent and to all OPPD rate payers;
  • how OPPD could continue to reduce their emission of green house gasses to help reduce climate change;
  • what each candidate thinks of the OPPD Board’s recent decision to increase the fixed monthly service charge from $10.25 to $30 per month;
  • how they would approach the financial challenges facing OPPD and electric utilities today;
  • and other topics related to OPPD’s impact on our environment and community.  All six candidates have been invited to participate and most have committed to attend. 
  • Who are the winners and losers chart Revised

    (Click on the image to see detail)  OTOC produced this graphic to show who are the winners and losers under OPPD’s current plan to increase fixed fees from $10.25 to $30 per month and reducing usage rates. Low use customers will pay up to $150 more per year for the same amount of energy (300 kWh/Mo). High use customers will pay $275 less per year for the using the same amount of energy (1900 kWh).

World Herald publishes letters of ten OTOC leaders supporting Transitional Health Insurance–Unicameral again rejects it

March 18th, 2016
Leaders with Rev Nelson at frontDespite OTOC leaders ongoing efforts to educate legislators about why working poor need help to purchase affordable health insurance, some members of the the Unicameral again voted down our efforts.

Many OTOC leaders have written letters to editor supporting T-HIP and 10 are published

Many OTOC leaders have written in letters to the Editor in support of the Transitional Health Insurance program in recent weeks. The Omaha World Herald has published ten  of those letters plus those of several allies of OTOC.  OTOC writers include:

  • Cindy Johnson–The Cost of LB 1032 to taxpayers is small
  • Rev. Keith Nelson-Let us all be Good Samaritans
  • Ruth Kruse–Health care should not be partisan
  • Vicki Pratt–Ricketts needs to find a chair (find a solution)
  • Mary Spurgeon–Ricketts need not worry about LB 1032
  • Carol Windrum— Medicaid expansion a moral issue
  • Mark Hoeger–Helping them care for themselves
  • Lowen Kruse–Medicaid expansion is fiscally wise
  • Marilyn Felion–Waiting on Ricketts’ plan
  • Don Zebolsky–Expand Medicaid to help all families

For a copy of the OTOC leaders’ letters, click on the link below:

Ten Letters to Editor by OTOC leaders about LB 1032

 Overview of Amended LB 1032

Click on the link below to identify your Senator and ask them  how he/she voted on LB 1032:

Link to find your member of the Nebraska Unicameral

See the list of which Senators have previously expressed support or opposition to LB 1032 and how many uninsured are in their districts:

Number of Uninsured by Legislative District


OTOC testifies for LR 455 which is voted out of committee—Strategic Plan to mitigate and adapt to Climate Change

March 7th, 2016

Several members of the OTOC Environmental Action Team testified on Tuesday, March 8 at Noon in support for of LR 455   (Sen. Haar). The purpose of this Resolution is to “create a special committee to create a framework for a plan related to climate change.”

The plan would look at assessments of vulnerability, risks and economic impacts to our state. It would also develop strategies to mitigate and adapt to climate change in Nebraska. The amended resolution calls for the special committee to be made up of the chairs of the Appropriations and Natural Resources Committees as well as 5 other members appointed by the Executive Committee. 

photo of leaders at delice

Members of OTOC Environmental Sustainability Team

The Unicameral will make a final vote on LR 455 in the coming weeks. Please stay alert for notice of when you need to contact your Senator to support this necessary study.

Exec Committee Members

For a copy of LR 455 and a one page outline, click on the link below:


Text of LR 455

Fr. Dennis, S.J. will  testify on behalf of OTOC about why the Unicameral must develop a plan to mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change

Testimony in favor of LR 455 at executive Committee of the NE legislature


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