State Research Paper

State Research Paper

Rhonda Feimster

State and Local Political Processes/POL 215

June 23, 2010
Dr. Aubrey Bentham


    The state of Nebraska receives federal stimulus funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).   In addition, Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program funds are administered by the Nebraska Department of Economic Development. The CDBG Federal funds are made available to the state from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s CDBG program (News, 2010).

    Interest Groups
    An interest group is an association or organization of people focused on a common public policy goal.   To achieve their public policy goal, interest groups monitor issues, follow activities of state and national legislatures, agencies and other relevant organizations to find out what steps have been taken in regard to their issues.   Interest groups routinely work collaboratively or independently to support or oppose legislation and help senators research and draft legislation. They often employ lobbyists, individuals who communicate with public officials to recommend voting in favor of a bill or inform legislators about the negative effects a bill may have on the individuals and organization he or she represents (Nebraska Legislature, 2010).
    The Center for People in Need is a local organization in the city of Lincoln, Nebraska that focuses on issues related to socio-economic barriers for low-income families.   The center’s mission is to provide emergency basic needs, advocate for systemic changes in local, county, state and federal government, implement creative service delivery methods to disadvantaged families and support educational and job skills training for low-income workers (Center for People in Need, 2010).
    The Center for People in Need actively promotes community involvement in the public policy and state legislation process.   They provide information and an efficient means...