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  • 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.

  • Tax Relief for Nebraska's Veterans

    January 08, 2019

    This week marks the opening of the First Session of the 106th Nebraska Legislature.  As State Senators return to Lincoln, I will be working with them to launch a series of initiatives to help grow opportunities for Nebraskans.  Many of these initiatives, along with my budget recommendation to the Legislature, will be highlighted during my annual State of the State address.  I encourage you to tune into the address, which will be streamed live at ... read more

  • My Goals for 2019

    December 31, 2019

    As we close out 2018 and enter 2019, many of us are turning our minds to the future.  Some are setting new financial or fitness goals.  For others, they may be resolving to spend more time with family or to read new books.  As we enter the new year, I have put together a list of goals for our state in 2019.  I am sharing a few of them here.

  • Growing Nebraska in 2018

    December 24, 2018

    Growing Nebraska is the vision for my administration and drives the work our team is doing every day.  Over the last year, we have seen a lot of success.

  • Breaking Down Barriers to Opportunity

    December 18, 2018

    Individual liberty is a foundational principle for our country.  One of the biggest threats to our personal freedoms is the expanded size and scope of government at all levels.  Before World War II, government spending in the United States was about 12 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP).  Today, combined federal, state, and local government spending is about 35 percent of GDP.  Regulation is another measure of how much government has grown.  According to the Mercatus Center at ... read more