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  • Gov. Ricketts Recognizes 15 Nebraska High School Students for Top ACT and SAT Scores

    May 21, 2015

    Today, Governor Pete Ricketts recognized 15 Nebraska high school students for their academic achievement in earning top scores of 36 on the ACT or a 2400 on the SAT college admissions exam.

    Ceremonies were held at Westside High School in Omaha and Lincoln East High School.

  • Gov. Ricketts Signs Budget Cutting Taxes & the Growth of Government

    May 20, 2015

    Today, Governor Pete Ricketts signed the next biennial budget, claiming victory for Nebraska taxpayers. In his budget recommendation to the Legislature, the Governor sought a reduction in the growth of spending by nearly 50% and included $400 million for the Property Tax Credit Relief Fund. The Legislature met both recommendations. After signing the budget, the Governor made the following statement:

    “This is a great day for my administration, the Unicameral, and most importantly... read more

  • Gov. Ricketts' Statement for Senators Ahead of Death Penalty Vote

    May 20, 2015

    This morning, Governor Pete Ricketts urged senators to listen to their constituents when considering how they vote during the final round of debate on a measure that would repeal the death penalty.

    “This morning’s debate on the death penalty is significant,” said Governor Ricketts. “No one has traveled the state more than I have in the past 18 months, and everywhere I go there is overwhelming support for keeping the death penalty in Nebraska. Ahead of this morning’s vote, I am... read more

  • Gov. Ricketts’ Statement on Death of Nebraska Marine

    May 19, 2015

    Today, Governor Pete Ricketts issued the following statement to commemorate the life and service of Captain Dustin Lukasiewicz.

  • Gov. Ricketts Signs Bill to Strengthen Laws Against Human Trafficking

    May 19, 2015

    Today, Governor Pete Ricketts signed LB294e to strengthen Nebraska’s laws again human trafficking. After giving the legislation his signature, Governor Ricketts and Attorney General Doug Peterson issued the following statements:

    “I am proud to sign the Human Trafficking Victims Civil Rights Act today to help strengthen Nebraska’s human trafficking laws,” said Governor Ricketts. “This legislation provides additional recourse to trafficking victims, and allows them to seek civil remedy... read more

  • Crime and Punishment

    May 19, 2015

    Over the past couple weeks, the Legislature has continued to advance proposals that soften our state’s approach to dealing with the most hardened and heinous criminals. These proposals, including the repeal of Nebraska’s death penalty and mandatory minimum sentences for certain offenses, would make it more difficult for Nebraska law enforcement to prosecute the worst criminals and consequently would put Nebraska families and public safety at risk.

  • Gov. Ricketts Reacts to the Legislature's Vote to Advance the Death Penalty Repeal

    May 15, 2015

    This afternoon, Governor Pete Ricketts issued a statement following the Legislature’s vote to advance Senator Ernie Chambers’ plan to repeal the death penalty.

    “The Legislature’s vote to advance Ernie Chambers’ repeal of the death penalty puts the safety of the public and Nebraska families at risk,” said Governor Ricketts. “The death penalty in Nebraska remains an appropriate tool in sentencing the most heinous criminals. My administration has taken steps to fix management issues that... read more