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Weekly Columns

  • The Heart of Nebraska

    March 19, 2018

    Thomas Jefferson once remarked that, “[a]griculture is our wisest pursuit, because it will in the end contribute most to real wealth, good morals, and happiness.”  In Nebraska, we have experienced this truth through the years.  Farmers and ranchers helped build the Good Life, and they form the backbone of Nebraska’s number one industry today.

  • Signs of Success

    March 12, 2018

    The fourth-best state for business according to Forbes.  The sixth-best state by fiscal condition according to George Mason University’s Mercatus Center.  The seventh-best state overall according to U.S. News and World Report.  Nebraska rose seven spots in Chief Executive’s best states for business in 2017.

  • Tax Policy in the 2018 Session

    March 06, 2018

    Tax policy is a big area of focus for Senators this legislative session for a good reason:  It is key to building a pro-growth climate in our state.

  • Growing Nebraska after 151 Years

    February 26, 2018

    This week, Nebraska turns 151 years old.  On March 1, Nebraska celebrates Statehood Day, the anniversary of President Johnson signing Nebraska’s statehood proclamation in 1867.  We have come a long way since then, and there are many great opportunities to grow the tradition of living the Good Life this year.  To ensure a prosperous future for our state, it is important that the State of Nebraska continues to cultivate a pro-growth business climate. 

  • Help Us Stop a Big Tax Increase

    February 16, 2018

    Over the past couple months, you’ve likely heard a lot about the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.  This is the federal tax relief package passed by Congress and signed by President Trump late last year.  This month, many Nebraskans will see the positive results of tax relief in their paychecks.  The federal government has issued new tax withholding tables as they implement the federal tax cuts, and hardworking Nebraskans are taking home more of their income as a result.

  • Defining Corrections Reform

    February 13, 2018

    Public safety and protecting Nebraska’s families and communities are key to the quality of life that makes Nebraska the best place in the world to live, work, and raise a family.  According to U.S. News and World Report, Nebraska has the 15th lowest violent crime rate in the nation.  This is part of the reason why Nebraska has the 13th lowest incarceration rate in the country and the lowest among surrounding states. 

  • A Pro-Life Budget for Nebraska

    February 06, 2018

    Life is precious.  It is something that we can never take for granted.  From our country’s earliest days, our Founding Fathers recognized life as the first right in the Declaration of Independence.  As Americans, we have an obligation to step up and protect life.  The right to life comes with responsibilities to ourselves and to others.  Nebraskans across our state recognize these duties by standing up for the unborn, caring for the elderly, and getting involved in their communities among... read more

  • Nebraskans Need Major Property Tax Cuts

    January 30, 2018

    “Simple fairness dictates that government must not raise taxes on families struggling to pay their bills,” President Ronald Reagan declared in his 1984 State of the Union Address.  With our state’s high taxes, these words apply to Nebraska now as much as they did to the country then.

  • Improving Educational Outcomes

    January 23, 2018

    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once observed that education “teach[es] one to think intensively and to think critically.”  We know this intuitively.  A quality education system and informed citizenry are foundational to the health of our republic. 

  • Working Together on Tax Reform

    January 16, 2018

    Cutting and reforming taxes is key to growing Nebraska.  Over the years, together, the Legislature and I have done the hard work needed to hold the line on taxes.  Additionally, we have worked together to deliver over $840 million in property tax relief over four years.