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  • Media Roundup: Nebraskans Back Gov. Ricketts’ Tax Reform Plans

    February 21, 2017

    On Monday, Gov. Pete Ricketts called a press conference to promote a bill that would change how Nebraska values farm and ranch land, with the ultimate goal of reducing how much landowners pay in property taxes. Switching to a system that calculates the land’s income-producing ability, rather than its market value, is a method that also has been embraced by states such as Kansas and South Dakota.

  • Budget Balancing Progressing

    February 17, 2017

    Balancing the budget is not only a tradition in Nebraska, but it’s also a requirement because our state cannot borrow money to finance the state’s budget.  Just like Nebraska households, state government does not spend money we do not have.  This principle is so foundational to who we are as a state that Nebraska’s Constitution places strict limits on the state’s ability to borrow in Article XIII.  This fiscal responsibility has earned Nebraska the distinction of ranking second best in the... read more

  • Gov. Ricketts, First Lady, and Union Pacific CEO Unveil “Nebraska150 Express” Tour

    February 17, 2017

    Omaha – Today, Gov. Pete Ricketts, First Lady Susanne Shore, and Union Pacific Chairman, President, and CEO Lance Fritz announced the seven communities selected as stops along the route for the “Nebraska150 Express” tour August 4-6, 2017.  A Union Pacific Streamliner locomotive will traverse the state during a three-day “Whistle Stop Tour,” a rare event harkening back to the early 19th century.

  • Gov. Ricketts Comments on New Keystone XL Application

    February 17, 2017

    LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts issued a statement following news that TransCanada had submitted a new application to the Public Service Commission (PSC) for approval of the route for the Keystone XL pipeline through Nebraska.

  • Gov. Ricketts’ Presidents Day Statement

    February 17, 2017

    LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts issued the following statement in observance of Presidents Day which is celebrated on February 20, 2017.

  • Gov. Ricketts Signs Initial Budget Cuts

    February 15, 2017

    Today, Governor Pete Ricketts issued a statement after signing LB22, a bill to enact cuts to the current Fiscal Year 2017 budget.

  • Long-Term Property Tax Reform

    February 13, 2017

    Property taxes are without a doubt the number one topic I hear about as I travel the state.  No matter where you go, Nebraskans feel the impact of the high property taxes that have earned our state the unpleasant distinction of ranking 5th highest in the nation according to USA Today.  Nebraska’s number one industry, agriculture, has been hardest hit by property taxes with a 137 percent increase between 2003 and 2013.  Last week I shared with you the details of my plan to cut... read more