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Nebraska, Colorado State Officials Announce Republican River Settlement

LINCOLN – Today, the Governors and Attorneys General of Nebraska and Colorado announced their settlement of claims regarding Colorado’s past use of water under the Republican River Compact.  A new agreement between the states was signed by Governor John Hickenlooper of Colorado and Governor Pete Ricketts of Nebraska in recent weeks.  The agreement builds upon the states’ recent collaborative water management efforts and approval of detailed interstate Compact accounting procedures of water in the Republican River basin.  While the States are currently in compliance with the terms of the Compact, this settlement resolves potential claims related to alleged past violations.  The two-page settlement:

Gov. Ricketts Proclaims “FFA Week” in Nebraska

LINCOLN – This afternoon, flanked by FFA leaders and members, Governor Pete Ricketts signed a proclamation declaring “FFA Week” in Nebraska.  FFA, also known as “Future Farmers of America,” started in 1928.  Its mission is to “make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.”  FFA Week is celebrated nationally from February 17-24, 2018.

State Officials, Groups Announce Support for Pro-Life Budget Initiative

Governor Pete Ricketts: “Nebraska is a pro-life state, and the state’s budget should reflect those values.  We already have language in our budget to ensure other funds do not get spent on abortions.  Our proposal takes a logical next step: If you provide abortion services or refer or provide directive counsel for abortions, you cannot receive Title X funding.  This helps ensure taxpayer dollars will not subsidize abortions directly or indirectly.  Facilities that focus on providing life-giving healthcare, not abortion services, should receive our Title X tax dollars.”

Gov. Ricketts Announces UNL AD Bill Moos as a 2018 Governor’s Ag Conference Speaker

LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts announced that University of Nebraska-Lincoln Athletic Director Bill Moos will address the 2018 Governor’s Ag Conference at the “Celebrate Nebraska Agriculture” reception on Wednesday, March 7.  The Governor’s Ag Conference, March 7-8 in Kearney, is a great opportunity for the ag community to discuss important topics like international trade, ag diversification in rural Nebraska, and the importance of state ag leaders advocating at the national level.

Help Us Stop a Big Tax Increase

Over the past couple months, you’ve likely heard a lot about the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.  This is the federal tax relief package passed by Congress and signed by President Trump late last year.  This month, many Nebraskans will see the positive results of tax relief in their paychecks.  The federal government has issued new tax withholding tables as they implement the federal tax cuts, and hardworking Nebraskans are taking home more of their income as a result.