November 15th, 2018
OTOC leaders have been hard at work for the last seven years to expand Medicaid in Nebraska, believing that expanded Medicaid was a solution for 90,000 Nebraskans who don’t have health insurance. In 2018, after another failed attempt to get a bill passed in the Unicameral, a statewide coalition lead a ballot initiative, raising over 135,000 petition signatures to get Medicaid expansion on the November ballot.
Over 50 OTOC leaders participated, raising at least 3,500 signatures and holding fifteen presentations in congregations across Omaha. With Initiative 427 successfully on the ballot, OTOC leaders continued having information sessions at congregations and community spaces, while also phone banking and canvasing with other volunteers from across the state. OTOC leaders also contributed several Public Pulse letters to the editor to the Omaha World Herald and newspapers across the state.
OTOC’s Work made a Difference!
Stats from how the votes came in on Nov. 6:
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October 23rd, 2018
Over 225 OTOC and community leaders from 25 congregations and community organizations met with 7 candidates for the Nebraska Unicameral on Monday, October 22. OTOC leaders told compelling stories about five issues which they are working on through OTOC Action Teams. They asked candidates for specific commitments on:
- Adopting a state law requiring rental property registration & inspection if the City of Omaha is unable to adopt adequate protections;
- Fully funding the state portion of expanded Medicaid when Initiative 427 passes;
- Improving mental health care in our state prisons and in the community;
- Adopt state strategies to battle climate change;
- Continue reforming Payday lending.
Scorecard of candidate responses
Click for a copy of the questions OTOC leaders asked: Final Questions for October 22 Session with Unicameral candidates
Twenty different OTOC and community leaders told stories, asked questions or served as chairs OTOC Agenda with speakers for Oct 22 2018
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September 26th, 2018
Please join OTOC leaders in contacting your council member and the Mayor’s office and ask for a prompt solution that would prevent homes from becoming unsafe and uninhabitable. Use the paragraph below or your own words to send your support for a solution to the code enforcement system.
We believe the situation at Yale Park was a tragedy that should not be repeated, and a rental property registration and inspection would prevent rental properties from reaching such substandard conditions. We are asking City Council change our “complaint driven” system to one that proactively prevents homes from falling into disrepair.
See OTOC’s Research on Proactive Rental Property Registration and Inspection ordinances:
OTOC Position Paper on Proactive Rental Inspection Systems
Guide to Rental Inspection Programs (1)
OTOC 1 Page Overview of Rentral Property Registration Ordinance.docx
Dennis Walsh Housing Article 8-9-18
Last two speakers of OTOC 2018 Budget Testimony
Tell City Council Members OTOC wants:
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September 21st, 2018
Photo by Omaha World Herald
The Omaha World Herald reporter opened his story about the evening by observing:
“Rep. Don Bacon, R-Neb., and Democrat Kara Eastman faced questions Monday on immigration, health care and a changing climate in front of a standing room-only crowd of more than 350 people.“ In fact, nearly 400 people signed into the 2018 OTOC Accountability Session with candidates for US Congress and OPPD at St. Leo Catholic Church.
The packed crowd of OTOC and community leaders sought commitments from OPPD Board members on four topics:
- Taking leadership in the community to increase charging stations for electric vehicles by 100 over next 3 years
- Directing Staff to be work with community groups and investors who want to establish “community solar projects”
- Reducing or reversing the 2015 increase of the basic service charge from $10.25 per month to $30 per month
- Supporting the newly proposed SD 7 setting a goal to reduce carbon emissions to a level 20% below 2010 levels by 2030.
The Accountability Session with Candidates for US Congress followed and OTOC leaders asked for commitments on the follow topics from Rep. Don Bacon and Candidate Kara Eastman:
- Naming their top three priorities for reforming our broken immigration system
- Taking a leading role in sponsoring and adopting legislation to grant permanent status to those individuals with Temporary Protected Status(TPS)
- Committing to continue the structure and funding for the federal share of Medicaid Expansion under the Affordable Care Act
- Committing to continue the protections under the ACA for mental health parity and pre-existing conditions.
- Naming their top 2 strategies to reverse the effects of climate
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