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Weekly Columns

  • Fixing Our Broken Southern Border

    October 19, 2021

    On October 6th, I traveled to Texas to get a firsthand look at the deteriorating conditions along our country’s southern border.  The Biden-Harris Administration’s rush to undo Trump’s immigration policies has created a humanitarian and security disaster that continues to unfold.  Over the last several months, law enforcement in Texas has been overwhelmed with the surge of illegal crossings as the federal government fails to do its job.  States like Nebraska have stepped up to ... read more

  • Growing Through It Together

    October 12, 2021

    The last 18 months have been a roller coaster for the entire world.  While many places have struggled, even in America, Nebraskans have come together to power through the pandemic.  Our healthcare professionals have worked with compassion and skill to care for Nebraskans.  Communities have supported their local businesses throughout the pandemic.  Employers have overcome market disruptions to preserve and create jobs.  Parents and schools worked to get kids back in the classroom.  Our ag ... read more

  • Historic Property Tax Relief

    October 05, 2021

    Nebraskans continue to tell me their top priority is relief from local government property taxes.  Since taking office, addressing this issue has been my number one priority.  This budget cycle—thanks to the support of farmers, ranchers, homeowners, and small businesses—we will deliver historic amounts of property tax relief.

  • Made in Nebraska

    September 27, 2021

    October is Manufacturing Month here in Nebraska.  It is a great opportunity to celebrate the innovators and makers creating jobs across the Cornhusker State.  Our state has a rich tradition of inventing and manufacturing premium products.  Over the years, the imaginations of Nebraskans gave birth to ski lifts, center pivots, vise grip pliers, Kool-Aid, and Dorothy Lynch salad dressing.  Today, companies in our state manufacture everything from subway cars, to combines, to the syringes used ... read more

  • Taking Personal Responsibility

    September 21, 2021

    We’ve come a long way over the last year.  Nebraska has managed the coronavirus pandemic without lockdowns, without statewide mandates, and without vaccine passports.  We have the third-lowest fatality rate from COVID-19 in the country.  And we’ve fully vaccinated 87.5% of our 65+ population.

  • Nebraska’s Ag Tech Leadership

    September 14, 2021

    Agricultural technology has come a long way since farmers used oxen and horse-drawn plows to break the prairie sod.  Huge advancements are being made each year in ag tech, and Nebraska’s companies and universities are leading the way.  The technologies they’re developing run the gamut from pioneering livestock management techniques, to innovations in the way crops are grown, to advancements in equipment.

  • Remembering 9/11, Renewing Our Patriotism

    September 03, 2021

    Twenty years ago, the United States suffered the terrorist attacks of 9/11.  No one old enough to remember that day will ever forget it.  It was surreal to watch the Twin Towers collapse and heartbreaking to see images of first responders covered head to toe in dust, searching through the debris in Manhattan.

  • Investing In Our Greatest Resource

    August 31, 2021

    Over the past year, Nebraska’s economy has been booming, creating more and more great opportunities here in the Good Life.  We currently have the lowest unemployment rate in the nation at 2.3%.  That equals our state’s lowest rate ever and is less than half of the national unemployment rate of 5.4%.  According to Local Area Unemployment Statistics from the Nebraska Department of Labor, 92 of our 93 counties have an unemployment rate at or below 2.7%.  Statewide, our manufacturing employment ... read more

  • Strengthening Energy Reliability and Independence

    August 24, 2021

    Energy reliability and independence are pillars of our country’s national security.  A reliable power grid has helped our nation build the world’s largest economy, and our focus on developing domestic sources of energy has made our country’s fleet of automobiles and airplanes less dependent on overseas oil.  Earlier this year, U.S. News and World Report ranked Nebraska #3 nationally for power grid reliability and #8 overall in their energy category which “tracks the reliability of ... read more

  • Standing Up for Life

    August 17, 2021

    In the next year, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to make its most important decision regarding abortion law and states’ rights in over a quarter-century.  The Court’s ruling could overturn Roe v. Wade and give states more latitude in passing pro-life initiatives, including legislation limiting abortion in the early stages of pregnancy.