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Weekly Columns

  • Protect Our Kids & Schools

    April 21, 2021

    Earlier this year, the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) published draft health standards for public comment that included several sex education topics.  Like many Nebraska parents, I was deeply troubled by the standards.  They would teach young children age-inappropriate content starting in kindergarten.  They would also inject non-scientific, political ideas into curriculum standards.  That’s why I have called on the NDE to scrap the proposed sex education topics in the standards.  ... read more

  • Putting the Brakes on Bad Bills

    April 13, 2021

    The Nebraska Legislature is two-thirds of the way through the 2021 legislative session.  Over the next several weeks, Senators will vote on a number of key bills.  As they do, I encourage Nebraskans to follow closely debate at the State Capitol.

  • Fighting for Our Rights

    April 06, 2021

    President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. took office a little over two months ago.  In his inaugural address, President Biden dedicated himself to “bringing America together.”  In the weeks since then, he has charted a very different course.  Instead of governing by building consensus, he has aggressively pushed a far-left agenda.  He refused to compromise with Republicans on stimulus legislation.  Instead, he signed a coronavirus spending package that bailed out Blue states at the expense of states ... read more

  • Springtime in Nebraska

    March 26, 2021

    When spring arrives in Nebraska, snow melts, days get longer, and we enjoy the warmer weather and sunlight.  It’s refreshing to get outside and resume activities that weren’t possible during the winter months.

  • Halftime at the Unicameral

    March 23, 2021

    The Nebraska Legislature is halfway through its 2021 session.  Senators are working on passing a budget that controls spending and delivers on Nebraskans’ top priority—property tax relief.  The Unicameral is also working to achieve other important objectives like providing veterans tax relief, replacing the crumbling Nebraska State Penitentiary, and expanding our state’s broadband infrastructure.

  • Celebrating and Growing Nebraska Agriculture

    March 15, 2021

    From March 21-27, 2021 we’ll celebrate National Agriculture Week in Nebraska. It’s a great opportunity to highlight the hard work our farmers and ranchers do to produce high-quality and affordable food. The crops and livestock they raise feed families in our state, across the nation, and around the world.

  • A Golden Opportunity for Property Tax Relief

    March 08, 2021

    Since taking office as Governor, property tax relief has been my top priority.  That’s because high property taxes continue to be the number one concern I hear from Nebraskans.  This legislative session, Senators have a golden opportunity to give Nebraska families the relief they need.  Nebraska’s economy has been resilient through the pandemic, resulting in strong tax revenues.  This sets the stage for the Unicameral to deliver major property tax relief.

  • Controlling Spending for Property Tax Relief

    March 01, 2021

    March 6th marks one year since the first positive case of coronavirus was confirmed in Nebraska.  Over the past year, it’s been an all-hands-on-deck effort to protect hospital capacity, support our healthcare workers, and help keep Nebraskans healthy.  We continue to see encouraging trends in our fight against the coronavirus.  During the past week, the number of coronavirus-related hospitalizations has been at its lowest point in over six months.  And by the latest measures, over ... read more

  • Marijuana: A Clear and Present Danger

    February 24, 2021

    The marijuana industry, which is now partially owned by Big Tobacco, has its eye on Nebraska as a new place to turn a profit.  Previously, they hid this moneymaking motive under the guise of “medical” marijuana.  Now they are just pushing for full legalization.

  • Connecting Every Corner of Nebraska

    February 16, 2021

    Nebraska is a national leader in the quality of our state highway system.  This is no accident—Nebraskans take pride in building high-quality infrastructure and understand the importance of connecting our communities to grow our state.  For example, Nebraska’s farmers and ranchers led the charge for rural electrification in the 1930s.  With their backing, Nebraska Senator George Norris co-sponsored the Rural Electrification Act, ... read more