Background Photo Provided by the
Nebraska Tourism Commission
Offical Nebraska Government Website
Office of Governor Pete Ricketts

Weekly Columns

  • An Honest Look at Marijuana

    January 27, 2020

    The big marijuana industry grew to $13.6 billion in 2019, and marijuana lobbyists are eagerly looking to cash in on new markets.  They’re pouring big money into shaping public opinion on marijuana across the nation.  To avoid regulation, the industry wants to persuade people that the drug is not only harmless, but can be safely used as a medicine to relieve pain.

  • New Steps to Protect Life

    January 21, 2020

    There’s nothing more exciting than the first glimpse of your baby at an ultrasound.  It’s hard to describe the wave of joy and overwhelming sense of wonder when you watch your child’s heart beating, see tiny fingers or toes, and discover his or her gender.  Trust me: it’s also quite a surprise when you see two babies in an ultrasound picture like our family did with our twins!

  • Finding 2020 Vision for Nebraska

    January 14, 2020

    As the 2020 session begins, it’s important to remain clear-sighted about the most pressing priorities of Nebraskans.  As special interests clamor for attention during this short legislative session, Senators must keep laser-focused on the priorities that will grow our state as we enter a new decade.  These priorities are property tax relief, flood aid, veterans’ tax relief, and workforce and business expansion.

  • Bringing Veterans to Nebraska

    January 07, 2020

    This week, the Nebraska Legislature kicks off a new session at the State Capitol.  Over the interim, I’ve been working with my team and Senators to prepare important initiatives such as property tax relief and flood assistance.  On Wednesday, January 15th, I will detail my plans for the session in my annual State of the State address, which you can watch online at ... read more

  • Committing to Student Success

    December 30, 2020

    Nebraska has abundant job opportunities awaiting our college graduates.  In an era of rising costs to students and families for higher education, it’s important that we work together to help students stay on track with their degree plans.  By graduating on time, they can enjoy the rewards of a great-paying job and our state’s businesses can benefit from their skills and talent.

  • Growing Nebraska in 2019

    December 24, 2019

    The vision of my administration is to grow Nebraska, and we’ve worked hard throughout 2019 to make that vision a reality.  This has been a tough year because of historic floods, but Nebraska has been resilient.  We’ve experienced tremendous growth in 2019 by building on four pillars of prosperity: developing our people, cutting red tape, delivering tax relief, and expanding trade opportunities.

  • A Tribute to Nebraska’s Flood Heroes

    December 13, 2019

    On the evening of March 13th, as a cold rainstorm intensified, rancher Lowell Fisher grew concerned about the well-being of his calving cows and baby calves.  He bundled up, hopped in his tractor, and set off through the dark night and driving rain to check on them.  It was about 10:00 PM.

  • Growing Nebraska Around the World

    December 09, 2019

    Nebraska grows the food that feeds the world.  Generations of Nebraskans have worked to develop markets for our high-quality ag products, creating opportunities for our farm and ranch families.  Our recent struggles with low commodity prices illustrate the continued importance of trade for Nebraska.  To this end, I’ve been leading trade missions around the world, lobbying for the passage of new trade deals, and working to diversify our markets. 

  • The State of Agriculture

    December 03, 2019

    It’s no secret that 2019 has been a tough year for Nebraska due to historic flooding.  For our farmers and ranchers, damage from the floods was compounded by additional hardships.  Commodity prices remain low.  A major canal failed along the Nebraska-Wyoming border.  And the Green New Deal and “meat is murder” movements pose a looming threat to our way of life.

  • ‘Tis the Season for Thanks and Giving

    November 26, 2019

    Thanksgiving is on Thursday, which means the holiday season has begun!  Throughout Nebraska this week, families are traveling to spend time with loved ones.  Kitchens across the state are being stocked with ingredients to make pumpkin pie, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and other delicious sides to go with ham and turkey.