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  • Gov. Ricketts Reacts to Gas Tax Hike Advancement

    April 01, 2015

    Today, Governor Pete Ricketts reacted to the Legislature’s decision to advance LB610, a proposal that would increase Nebraska’s gas tax. “As I travel the state, Nebraskans tell me that they want to see tax relief, not tax increases. I am exceptionally disappointed to learn that members of the Legislature voted to advance a hike in Nebraska’s gas tax this morning. Unfortunately, the Legislature has yet to debate meaningful tax relief this session. Increasing taxes on hardworking Nebraskans is... read more

  • Gov. Ricketts’ Statement on Perlman Retirement

    April 01, 2015

    Today, Governor Pete Ricketts issued a statement following the announcement that University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Harvey Perlman will retire after the 2015-2016 academic year: “Chancellor Perlman’s service to our state at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has spanned nearly five decades. His leadership has moved UNL forward with a variety of initiatives including growing enrollment to 25,000 students this year and developing Nebraska Innovation Campus. Susanne and I wish him well... read more

  • Gov. Ricketts Launches New Website

    March 31, 2015

    Today, Governor Pete Ricketts launched a new website with a fresh look and new ways to connect with his office and state government. Visitors to the website are greeted by a news feed featuring the Governor’s latest press releases and columns along with social media feeds providing the latest updates from the Governor’s Twitter and Facebook accounts. Under the Constituent Services tab, users can write the governor, apply for appointment to a board and commission, or request a greeting from... read more

  • Gov. Ricketts Visits UNMC for Biocontainment Unit 10th Anniversary Events

    March 27, 2015

    Today, Governor Pete Ricketts visited the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) Biocontainment Unit to recognize its 10th anniversary. The Governor participated in a brief press conference with Dr. Rick Sacra, the first Ebola patient treated in the unit, along with UNMC leadership before delivering remarks at a celebration event and touring the facility.

  • Tax Relief Now

    March 27, 2015

    Over the last 19 months I have logged tens of thousands of miles crisscrossing our great state and listening to the thoughts, ideas, and concerns of our citizens. Throughout my travels the number one issue I hear about from hardworking Nebraskans is the need for tax relief. Whether it’s farmers and home owners seeking relief from Nebraska’s high property taxes or businesses being held back by our second-highest-in-the-region income tax rates, the message is clear: Nebraskans want and deserve... read more

  • Gov. Ricketts Announces Nebraska Attains Lowest Unemployment Rate

    March 27, 2015

    Gov. Ricketts announced that Nebraska has the lowest unemployment rate in the nation. Nebraska’s preliminary unemployment rate is the lowest in the country according to rankings released this morning by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Nebraska’s seasonally adjusted rate is 2.7 percent, 0.2 percentage points lower than second-ranked North Dakota. “Today’s announcement that Nebraska has the lowest unemployment rate in the nation is great news for our state. We must continue to think... read more

  • Gov. Ricketts States Support for Law Enforcement

    March 26, 2015

    Today, Governor Pete Ricketts called on Senator Ernie Chambers of Omaha to issue a public apology following unacceptable comments he made during a committee hearing: “As public officials, we are held to a higher standard, and we should be. No one should ever suggest the use of violence against law enforcement officials. I have reviewed the transcript from the Judiciary Committee hearing in question, and Senator Chambers’ comments were out of line. Words matter. At a time when we need to... read more