There is a lot of discussion this year about which tax makes up the largest percentage of the tax burden in Nebraska. The budget that Governor Ricketts recommends and that the Legislature passes consists of “general fund” dollars. That, however, is not a full picture of the taxes that Nebraskans pay because some use taxes do not go into the general fund, local entities determine property taxes, and local entities spend local option sales taxes and the gas tax. This chart provides the total picture of the tax burden by tax in Nebraska.
Gov. Ricketts Welcomes Facebook to Nebraska
“We’re terribly excited about the opportunity to have Facebook here and help us be able to grow our burgeoning data center industry here in Nebraska,” Ricketts said.
Ricketts said in a press release that landing Facebook will be vital in expanding the burgeoning Silicon Prairie, which has been a priority for his administration. Last year, Ricketts visited with executives at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, California, in an effort to entice the social media giant. Furlong said Sarpy County’s existing network of data centers helped catch Facebook’s attention. Yahoo, Fidelity, Cabela’s and Travelers already operate data centers in the county. Locating near other data centers creates an ideal ecosystem for tech companies to thrive, he said.
North Platte Bulletin: Facebook to build new data center in Nebraska
Gov. Pete Ricketts announced Tuesday that Facebook will build a new data center in Papillion, near Omaha. It will be Facebook’s ninth data center overall and the sixth in the United States, providing infrastructure to support the 1.86 billion people on Facebook each month. Company officials expect the 970,000 square foot Papillion campus to be online as early as 2020. This announcement follows Ricketts' visit to Menlo Park, Calif. in Silicon Valley in late 2016 to make the case for the investment in Nebraska.
Gov. Ricketts Signs Pro-Life Legislation
Omaha World-Herald: Ricketts signs bill creating 'Choose Life' specialty license plates
Gov. Pete Ricketts signed a bill into law Wednesday to create “Choose Life” specialty license plates. Ricketts called passage of Legislative Bill 46 a “momentous” occasion for people who want to protect innocent life in Nebraska. He said the plates will raise awareness of life issues. The plates use a slogan identified with opposition to abortion. LB 46, introduced by State Sen. Dan Watermeier of Syracuse, represents the first piece of anti-abortion legislation to pass in the state since 2011, when Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha returned to the body.
Lincoln Journal Star: 'For pro-life Nebraskans, this is a big day': Ricketts signs Choose Life license plate bill
Gov. Pete Ricketts endorsed several copies of a bill authorizing "Choose Life" license plates in Nebraska on Wednesday, distributing them to anti-abortion activists and elected officials during a ceremony at the Capitol. "For pro-life Nebraskans, this is a big day," Ricketts said. He said the measure is the first "pro-life" legislation passed in Nebraska since 2011, calling it a small step, but important. The plates will be available in 2018. An exact design hasn't been chosen.