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Weekly Columns

  • Honoring Nebraska’s Veterans

    November 11, 2017

    “A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces, but also by the men it honors, the men it remembers.”  President John F. Kennedy’s words ring true now more than ever.  Each year, Veterans Day is an opportunity for Americans to set aside the things that divide our country, and celebrate the men and women who have served our country through the years.  This day is set apart to honor their service and sacrifice which have protected the freedom and liberties we hold in common as... read more

  • Reducing the Size of Government

    November 08, 2017

    Nebraskans everywhere tell me about the importance of getting government out of the way so they can work together to grow their community.  Ag producers looking to expand their operations have expressed concern about onerous regulations coming out of Washington.  Small business owners feel the impact of Nebraska’s high taxes.  And professionals looking to secure a license or do business with state government want a more responsive customer experience

  • Delivering Better Customer Service

    October 30, 2017

    As Governor of Nebraska, my administration’s goal is to grow our great state.  Our team at the State of Nebraska is working every day to support private sector growth by delivering better customer service and getting government out of the way of job creators.  Creating a government that supports private sector growth and better serves you, the taxpayer, doesn’t happen by accident.  It takes a relentless commitment to improving the operations of state government and focus from the state’s... read more

  • Nebraska’s Volunteer Spirit

    October 24, 2017

    You will often hear me say that Nebraska is the best place in the world to live, work, and raise a family.  One of the features that helps make the Good Life so great is Nebraska’s tradition of service to others through volunteerism.  Nebraskans everywhere have a long history of deep commitment to their schools, their churches, and their communities.  When Nebraskans see a need, they go and meet that need. It’s what we do.

  • Transforming Nebraska’s Criminal Justice System

    October 16, 2017

    Prisons play a key role in Nebraska’s criminal justice system by protecting public safety and preparing inmates for return to our society.  Under the leadership of Director Scott Frakes over the past two years, the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) has been making great strides and working to better achieve their mission.  From expanding facility capacity to automating sentence calculation processes and expanding programming, the agency has been adopting data-driven... read more

  • Honoring the Service of Nebraska’s National Guard

    October 10, 2017

    Nebraska’s National Guard has a long, distinguished history of serving our state and country.  Since 1854, the Nebraska National Guard has played a pivotal role in helping keep Nebraska safe and secure.  As Governor, I am honored to serve as their commander-in-chief for the 4,600 soldiers and airmen from every corner of Nebraska who proudly wear our nation’s uniform.  Their stories are all different, but they all have one thing in common: A desire to serve their state and nation.  

  • Growing Opportunities in Nebraska’s Manufacturing Industry

    October 03, 2017

    Nebraska is a state known for growing things and making things.  October is Manufacturing Month in Nebraska.  Throughout the month we’ll be celebrating our manufacturers who are making world-class equipment and growing great job opportunities across our state.  There are 97,000 Nebraskans employed in our manufacturing industry.  Whether it’s assembling cargo doors for Kawasaki’s first American aerospace division in Lincoln, welding livestock headgates at Pearson in Thedford, or constructing... read more

  • Strengthening Nebraska’s Communities

    September 26, 2017

    Strong families are the foundation of strong communities and the fundamental building block of society. In Nebraska’s communities, many institutions have worked to create a great quality of life for local families.  These institutions include our schools, churches, service clubs, and numerous other volunteer organizations.  Throughout the years, the State of Nebraska has partnered with our advocates committed to supporting vulnerable families and children in crisis.

  • International Partnerships are Growing Nebraska

    September 19, 2017

    Throughout America’s history, trade has been a fundamental driver of our nation’s growth.  Open access to international trade allows a wide variety of goods to freely move from our country to markets around the world.  Trade has not only been an important part of growing America, but Nebraska as well.  It’s been a proven economic good for our state.  As my administration has worked to grow our state, my team has partnered with business leaders and ag producers to build on the international... read more

  • Growing Nebraska through Trade with Japan

    September 11, 2017

    Nebraska and Japan share a special relationship.  Japan is not only our state’s largest direct foreign investor, but also our third largest export market.  This week I will be leaving Nebraska and traveling to Japan on a mission to expand trade.  This mission will be a great opportunity to expand trade opportunities with Japan and to make the case for additional investments to grow our state.