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Gov. Ricketts Unveils New “How Nebraska Ranks” Webpage

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LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts unveiled “How Nebraska Ranks,” a new webpage that will track how Nebraska ranks in a variety of key categories.  The webpage is part of the Governor’s continued commitment to apply business principles to government by measuring performance, improving operational excellence, and building a customer-friendly culture. 

The “How Nebraska Ranks” page features rankings in five key categories: jobs and economic development; education and workforce development; fiscal strength; public safety; and health and welfare.  The page can be accessed at, and will be updated on a regular basis to reflect ongoing changes in the individual rankings.

“‘How Nebraska Ranks’ is an online transparency tool that will allow Nebraska taxpayers to see how our state ranks nationally,” said Governor Pete Ricketts. “These rankings show that Nebraska is on a firm financial foundation and that our citizens have a great work ethic. The rankings also confirm that we have more work to do to improve our tax climate so that our state can continue to be a great place to live, work, and raise a family.”

“How Nebraska Ranks” highlights Nebraska’s lowest-in-the-nation unemployment rate, great high school graduation rate, and fiscal health.  Top rankings include:

  •       Top 10 – Overall Health Ranking
  •       Top 10 – Labor Force Participation Rate (69.6%)
  •       Top 10 – High School Graduation Rate (89.68%)
  •       Top 10 – State Debt per Capita ($13)
  •       Top 10 – Rainy Day Fund (as % of expenditures)

The Governor continues to look for new and innovative ways to apply business principles throughout state government.  Other initiatives that have applied private sector principles announced to date include creating job descriptions for cabinet-level positions, instituting annual reviews for top directors, creating metrics to measure the performance of individual agencies, automating sentence calculation processes in Corrections, and improving the performance of the ACCNESSNebraska among others.

The “How Nebraska Ranks” page features design and creative work from Nebraska Interactive, a subsidiary of NIC.  The State of Nebraska and Nebraska Interactive work together in a public-private partnership to develop and host numerous state government online services and websites.  These services are provided on a self-funded basis without using appropriated state budget funds.

How Nebraska Ranks