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  • Gov. Ricketts Announces Second International Trade Mission to Japan

    May 18, 2017

    LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts announced plans to lead a second international trade mission to Japan, nearly two years after his inaugural visit to Nebraska’s number one direct foreign investor and third largest trading partner.  Governor Ricketts shared details on the trade mission at Lincoln’s Kawasaki plant while celebrating the opening of the company’s new aerospace division.  The Governor met with Kawasaki leaders in Japan during his 2015 trade mission to thank... read more

  • Gov. Ricketts, Kawasaki Unveil Company’s First Aerostructures Production Line in U.S.

    May 18, 2017

    LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts and Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing Corp., U.S.A. hosted the grand opening of the company’s new Aerospace Division in Lincoln.  Production will initially focus on cargo door manufacturing for Boeing Corporation 777x aircraft.  The parent company, Kawasaki Heavy Industries in Japan, has been a proud partner of Boeing since 1973.  This is the first aerostructures production line for Kawasaki in the United States.

  • Gov. Ricketts Comments on Appropriations Committee Budget Veto Override Recommendations

    May 17, 2017

    LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts issued a statement following a recommendation by the Legislature’s Appropriations Committee to override $32.7 million of the Governor’s line-item vetoes.

  • Gov. Ricketts, Ag Industry Groups Highlight Importance of U.S.-Mexico Trade Relationship

    May 16, 2017

    Lincoln – Today, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts and national and state grain industry leaders told Mexican officials that the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has been a boon for America’s farmers and ranchers and that the US must maintain a strong partnership with Mexico.

  • Gov. Ricketts, Novozymes Unveil $36 Million Investment in Blair

    May 16, 2017

    BLAIR – Today, less than five years after Novozymes opened a state-of-the-art advanced manufacturing facility in Blair, Governor Pete Ricketts announced that the company has selected the site for its most recent expansion efforts in North America.  The company’s new $36 million investment in the facility, which produces enzymes for renewable fuels, will increase the plant’s capacity to meet growing needs within the bioscience industry and global biofuels market.  Novozymes’... read more

  • Gov. Ricketts Vetoes $56.5 Million in Spending to Protect the Budget

    May 15, 2017

    LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts announced he had vetoed a total of $56.5 million in spending from the state budget.  On Monday, the Governor returned LB 327e and LB 331e with his signature, but with line-item reductions.  Governor Ricketts pointed to the state’s continued decline in revenues in recent months and cautioned against taking the minimum cash reserve lower than 3 percent to allow more spending.  

  • Flags to Fly at Half-Staff for Peace Officers Memorial Day

    May 15, 2017

    LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts announced that all U.S. and Nebraska flags are to be flown at half-staff on Monday, May 15, 2017, in honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day. This guidance is per White House proclamation issued mid-morning.

  • Gov. Ricketts Vetoes $11 Million in Spending to Protect the Budget

    May 12, 2017

    LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts vetoed $11 million in spending out of the state budget citing the state’s continued decline in revenues in recent months.  The Governor returned LB330e to the Legislature with his signature and with a line-item reduction.

  • Gov. Ricketts Applauds News that China Plans to Reopen Market to American Beef

    May 12, 2017

    LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts issued a statement following news that American and Chinese officials had struck a deal that will allow American beef into China for the first time since 2003.

    “We welcome China’s announcement to allow U.S. beef into the Chinese marketplace again,” said Governor Ricketts.  “As Governor, I along with my team at the Nebraska Department of Agriculture have worked to forge relationships with the Chinese government and business... read more

  • Gov. Ricketts Celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week

    May 12, 2017

    LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts traveled to schools in Lincoln, Hastings, and Norfolk to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week in Nebraska.  This tour highlighted schools where teacher excellence and dedication has... read more