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Weekly Columns

  • Nebraska’s Strong Communities

    March 19, 2019

    This past week will forever be remembered for the historic, devastating flooding our state experienced.  In scope of reach, we believe it is the most widespread natural disaster in our state’s history.  As Nebraskans, we will get through this together as we always have. 

  • Celebrate Nebraska Agriculture

    March 12, 2019

    It is National Ag Week in Nebraska, and we are celebrating our state’s number one industry.  This week, the Department of Agriculture and I will be visiting with some of the farm families and ranchers who are building opportunity in communities across our state and growing the food that helps feed the world.

  • Nebraska Keeps Winning

    March 05, 2019

    First in the nation for fiscal condition according to Georgetown’s Mercatus Center.  Second best for regulatory environment by Forbes’ measure and second best for cost of doing business in CNBC’s rankings.  Third best in the nation for wage growth.  Fourth best for workforce participation.  And the fifth on Forbes’ “Best States for Business” list.

  • My Top Priority

    February 26, 2019

    Since taking office, property tax relief for Nebraskans has been my top priority.  Working with the Legislature, we increased the Property Tax Credit Relief Fund by 60 percent over the past four years.  Right now, I have three property tax relief proposals before the Legislature.  This week, I will be testifying on two of them during a hearing in the Revenue Committee. 

  • Let’s Keep Nebraska Pro-Life

    February 19, 2019

    It’s well-known that Nebraska is a pro-life state.  Over the years, Senators, Governors, and pro-life advocates have worked to make Nebraska a national leader in public policy protecting the dignity of human life.  Less than a year ago, the Legislature stood with Nebraskans and voted for a pro-life budget.  This was a big step forward in protecting the dignity of human life.

  • A Short History of Property Tax Relief Failures

    February 12, 2019

    It has often been said that it is helpful to understand history to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past.  This year, State Senators have proposed initiatives aimed at achieving property tax relief.  Many of these ideas have been tried before in Nebraska’s decades-long pursuit of property tax relief.  As the Legislature works to address the state’s high property taxes, it is important to keep in mind the history behind attempts to relieve property taxes, and what has worked and what has ... read more

  • Controlling Spending v. Raising Taxes

    February 05, 2019

    Property tax relief is the number one priority Nebraskans share with me as I travel the state.  From homeowners to farm families, I hear stories from Nebraskans about how the 11th highest property taxes in the nation are impacting them financially and continue to rise.

  • Safeguard Public Health

    January 29, 2019

    Last week, former Husker Football Coach Tom Osborne and several Nebraskans visited the State Capitol to issue a warning to state lawmakers ahead of a hearing on LB 110, a proposal to legalize marijuana in Nebraska.  They are right to be concerned about the consequences of legalizing marijuana.  The impact in other states has been significant.  Every two and a half days in Colorado, someone dies in a marijuana-related car accident, and every one in six kids who was hospitalized for a ... read more

  • Property Tax Relief for Nebraskans

    January 18, 2019

    During my State of the State address to the Legislature, I outlined a series of initiatives to grow Nebraska as we take advantage of opportunities and overcome challenges ahead of us.  The budget I presented during the address reflects those priorities.  As I prepared this new budget, I put Nebraskans first.  We have a responsibility to the people we care for and the people who pay the bills, the taxpayers.  My top two priorities in this budget reflect the ones Nebraskans share with me for ... read more

  • Great Opportunities for the Next Generation

    January 15, 2019

    Last week, I delivered my Second Inaugural Address as the 2019 legislative session kicked off.  During the address, I outlined my vision to grow Nebraska over the next four years.  The four pillars of that vision build upon work we have accomplished over the last few years: connecting Nebraskans to great-paying jobs; cutting red tape and improving services; controlling spending and cutting taxes; and promoting Nebraska.