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Weekly Columns

  • Building Financial Stability for Nebraska Families

    July 18, 2017

    In recent columns, I’ve been putting the focus on trade and business recruitment as a part of my grow Nebraska agenda.  While these are both important, workforce development is another key to achieving this goal.  Connecting Nebraskans to great opportunities helps build greater financial stability and ensures Nebraska remains the best place in the world to live, work, and raise a family.  The frontline of growing our state starts with Nebraskans finding good-paying jobs to support themselves... read more

  • Growing the Good Life

    July 10, 2017

    This week, economic development leaders and entrepreneurs from across the state will come together for the Second Annual Governor’s Summit on Economic Development.  Last year, we launched this event to provide a forum for our state’s industries and business leaders to talk about future opportunities and challenges for growing Nebraska.  This year, we’ll be celebrating recent successes and talking about future opportunities to grow Nebraska through trade, transportation, and regulatory reform... read more

  • Explore the Good Life

    July 05, 2017

    It’s July in Nebraska, which means you can see corn and soybeans maturing and county fair season is right around the corner.  It’s also a time when many Nebraskans travel to visit family, take a vacation, or enjoy a weekend camping.  It’s a big season for tourism in Nebraska, our state’s third largest industry right behind agriculture and manufacturing.  Whether you’re a Nebraskan looking for something new, or a family visiting from elsewhere, there’s a lot to see and do.  From a historic... read more

  • Developing Nebraska’s Workforce

    June 28, 2017

    Nebraska is the best place in the world because of our people.  Over the years, smart, hardworking, loyal Nebraskans have transformed the prairie where buffalo roamed to a growing state that leads the world in ag biotechnology, medicine, and manufacturing.  Our people are second to none.  I know from experience that when you hire a Nebraskan, you are getting someone with a great work ethic and strong character.  While character is the foundation of our strong workforce, it is also important... read more

  • Growing Agriculture

    June 19, 2017

    Agriculture is Nebraska’s number one industry, and every day it’s helping to grow our state.  Over the years, our farmers and ranchers and ag equipment manufacturers have grown food and created equipment that is helping feed the world.  In more recent years, biotechnology, biofuels, and other value-added ag operations have also helped to grow the industry, and keep Nebraska on the forefront of ag innovation and production.  The last two weeks, Nebraska has received a lot of very exciting... read more

  • Infrastructure to Grow Nebraska

    June 13, 2017

    Infrastructure provides the framework that helps bring communities together and grow our state.  Over the years, Nebraska has invested in quality infrastructure, earning us high marks nationally.  For example, the Reason Foundation rates our highway system fourth in the nation for performance and cost-effectiveness.  During my first two and a half years in office, my team has worked to maintain and invest in our quality infrastructure across the state.  Whether it’s accelerated completion of... read more

  • Effective Government to Grow Nebraska

    June 05, 2017

    You’ll often hear me say that the vision for my administration is to grow Nebraska.  While private sector job creators are the economic engine of Nebraska, state government helps provide the framework and infrastructure that can either support or hinder growth.  Over the past two years, my team has worked to make state government more effective, more efficient, and more customer-focused to help grow Nebraska.  Whether it’s launching our first-in-the-nation reemployment program or putting... read more

  • Growing Nebraska

    May 26, 2017

    Growing Nebraska is our vision for our state.  Whether it’s new jobs, educational opportunities, or regulatory reform, every initiative from my administration is focused on growth.  The work we do at the state supports the work of the job creators in the private sector.  We work to create a business-friendly climate that supports the job creators who are the economic engine of Nebraska.

  • Session Concludes

    May 23, 2017

    Only a few months ago, I stood before the Legislature to deliver my State of the State address to lay out my legislative agenda for the year.  On Tuesday, the 2017 legislative session concluded.  Despite a challenging fiscal landscape, senators and I found a way to come together this year on important issues to accomplish what was required for our people and our state.  Together, we worked to strengthen our communities, expand job opportunities, reduce the size of state government, and put... read more

  • Protecting the Taxpayer

    May 16, 2017

    For many months, Nebraska has experienced declining tax revenues.  Since last year, I have been working to constrain spending in my agencies in preparation for budget cuts.  In the first part of this year, the Legislature and I worked together to make cuts for the current fiscal year