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Weekly Columns

  • Better Service for Nebraskans in Need

    August 20, 2019

    The mission of my administration is to make state government more effective, efficient, and customer-focused for you.  I want Nebraskans to spend less time standing in line, waiting on hold, or filling out forms so that they can spend more time enjoying and growing the Good Life.  During my time in office, we’ve applied principles from business to our day-to-day operations so that we can better serve Nebraskans.  We’ve created annual business plans to work smarter, added performance metrics ... read more

  • Spending, Taxes, and the Relief You Need

    August 13, 2019

    Grow the economy and control spending.  Earn more, spend less.  These are basic principles of budgeting. 

  • Back to School

    August 05, 2019

    Back to school sales are on, and parents are shopping for the crayons, calculators, and other supplies their kids will need for the first day of classes.  Before long, school buses will be on the roads, and college campuses will be abuzz with students returning for the fall semester.  Private schools will welcome back students with chapel or mass, and families that home school will resume study.

  • See You at the Fair

    July 29, 2019

    Summertime fair season is in full swing across Nebraska.  Twenty-six of our state’s counties are hosting fairs this week.  Fairs are wonderful gathering points where communities come together in celebration of the many things that make our state great.  They also offer an abundance of enjoyable, family-friendly entertainment options.  From live music to livestock, and parades to pie-baking, fairs have something fun for everyone.

  • Great Opportunities in Nebraska Agriculture

    July 23, 2019

    Nebraska’s agriculture producers, our farmers and ranchers, are the backbone of our great state.  They cultivate crops and raise livestock to feed people here in the United States and all over the world.  Along the way, they create hundreds of thousands of great-paying jobs for our economy.  In their work, they exemplify the grit, community spirit, and stewardship of the land and natural resources that define who we are as a people.

  • Simply the Best

    July 16, 2019

    I say it all the time: Nebraska is the best place in the world to live, work, and raise a family.  It’s not just a slogan—it’s my sincere conviction.  And there’s plenty of evidence to back up my belief.  From great-paying jobs to a family-friendly culture, a wide variety of measures help make the case that Nebraska is simply the best.

  • Nebraska’s Winning Streak

    July 09, 2019

    This March, Nebraska won its third consecutive Governor’s Cup.  Each year, Site Selection magazine awards the trophy to the state with the most economic development projects per capita.  Nebraska didn’t just win the Governor’s Cup this year—our state clobbered the competition!  We had more new projects than South Dakota, North Dakota, and Kansas combined.

  • Dream Careers

    July 02, 2019

    Are you looking for the career of your dreams?  If so, Nebraska is the ideal place for you.  We have one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation.  We have the second-highest labor force participation rate among all states.  Wages are growing rapidly.  And we have tens of thousands of open jobs at any given time.   

  • Seal the Deal!

    June 25, 2019

    Expanding trade relationships with Nebraska’s nearest international neighbors has helped grow Nebraska for many years.  International trade is especially crucial for our state’s farmers and ranchers.  Agriculture is the backbone of our economy.  About 1 in 4 people in Nebraska’s workforce are employed in agricultural production and agriculture-related businesses. 

  • Keeping Agriculture Strong & Growing

    June 17, 2019

    It is well known that agriculture is Nebraska’s top industry and the backbone of our economy.  Even through extreme weather and low commodity prices, our farmers and ranchers have shown remarkable resilience in recent months and years.  To help our ag producers grow and thrive, it is important that we build on our strengths.  To that end, we have been working to grow agriculture by adding value to our quality ag products, delivering property tax relief, and boosting Nebraska’s ag exports.  ... read more