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Gov. Ricketts Delivers Second Inaugural Address

LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts delivered his Second Inaugural Address in the George W. Norris Legislative Chamber.  In the address following his swearing-in, Governor Ricketts outlined his vision for his second term.  His plans for growing Nebraska in the next four years include creating job opportunities, cutting red tape, balancing the budget, delivering property tax relief, and promoting Nebraska internationally.

Tax Relief for Nebraska's Veterans

This week marks the opening of the First Session of the 106th Nebraska Legislature.  As State Senators return to Lincoln, I will be working with them to launch a series of initiatives to help grow opportunities for Nebraskans.  Many of these initiatives, along with my budget recommendation to the Legislature, will be highlighted during my annual State of the State address.  I encourage you to tune into the address, which will be streamed live at, at 10:00am on January 15, 2019.  Ahead of my annual State of the State address, Senators and I will be making some announcements previewing a few of our proposals.  Starting this week, I will also be featuring several of these initiatives in my columns. 

Gov. Ricketts Announces Plan to Expand Military Retirement Tax Relief

LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts announced a new plan to expand military retirement tax relief.  He was joined by Nebraska Department of Veterans’ Affairs (NDVA) Director John Hilgert, Adjutant General of the Nebraska National Guard Major General Daryl Bohac, President of the Nebraska Chapter of the Military Officers of Association of America (MOAA) Colonel Dan Donovan, and State Senators, as well as members of state veterans’ organizations.

My Goals for 2019

As we close out 2018 and enter 2019, many of us are turning our minds to the future.  Some are setting new financial or fitness goals.  For others, they may be resolving to spend more time with family or to read new books.  As we enter the new year, I have put together a list of goals for our state in 2019.  I am sharing a few of them here.