Jobs and Economic Development


PTSD workers’ compensation condition for first responders – HF 3873

The Legislature added Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a qualifying condition for first responder workers’ compensation claims. As a result, firefighters, police officers, and EMTS impacted by traumatic experiences can receive benefits when a claim related to PTSD is approved.



Tip penalty

Republican lawmakers tried to establish two separate tip penalties. Under the proposal, large businesses can pay $9.65 per hour if wages and credits equal at least $14 an hour. A small business can pay $7.87 per hour if wages and credits equal $12 an hour. If an employee makes under $14 an hour (large employer) or $12 an hour (small employer), the highest wage rate established in federal or state law applies.

Homework starts with home – SF 3238

The proposal included resources to provide stable housing for highly mobile students. The program is known to increase school attendance and decrease chronic absenteeism in comparison other similarly situated students not participating in the program. The bill received bipartisan support and will likely advance in the legislative process next year.



Supplemental budget – SF 3656

The budget appropriates $15 million for the Border-to-Border Broadband Development Grant Program, which increases access by leveraging public and private investments. A lack of broadband access restricts inhibits business growth, commerce, education, and telemedicine. In 2017, the program awarded $26 million in grants to 39 projects. As a result, nearly 10,000 households, more than 2,000 businesses, and 60 community institutions now have access to broadband internet service.