Lt. Governor discusses growing need for workers

KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) - Lieutenant Governor Mike Foley addressed correctional officers from around the state Wednesday in Kearney.

He talked about how there is a growing need for workers in the state and remarked on how he had traveled the state to various companies who manufacture goods that are sent around the world. Most of the businesses he spoke to desperately need more workers and correctional facilities are in the same boat.

“We've tried all kinds of techniques to try and entice people to come and work in our correctional system,” Lt. Gov. Foley said. “We're feeling the pinch i'm sure at the local levels as well. This workforce crisis is not going to go away any time soon.”

Lt. Gov. Foley also talked about how there's a large number of people in jail who need to be given a good education while locked up.

“We've got to make sure we are providing the training and education for our inmates and as expensive as that is to make sure when they are released they're better men and better women for having been in our correctional system,” Lt. Gov. Foley said.