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Health care and budget seen as focal points in election

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Nebraska state officials believe that the budget and federal health care will be among the top agenda items for the State Unicameral in 2013.

Officials from the Nebraska State Chamber of Commerce held a legislative preview luncheon in Norfolk Monday.

The event featured Siouxland business leaders and legislators, who spoke about what they think will be the top issues Nebraska will deal with in the next legislative session.

State Chamber officials say one of their main concerns is that many businesses statewide have open positions but no qualified applicants to fill them.

They say getting Nebraska workers trained should be a top priority. 

"That's called the 'skills gap'. The big issue is the skills that these people have, and what kinds of skills that they either bring to the workplace or can be trained," Barry Kennedy, Nebraska Chamber President, said. 

State lawmakers in attendance said they also consider continued funding for education a major priority this coming year.

The 2013 Nebraska legislative session begins on Jan. 9th.

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