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Weekly Columns

  • Honoring our Service Members

    May 25, 2018

    Memorial Day is an opportunity to step back from the busyness of life and reflect on the heroes who helped build our country.  It is a time to reflect on how we got where we are and the people who secured our liberties for us.  We remember the battles fought over the years to protect our freedom, our republic, and our future.  And we recognize the men and women who have served our nation and made the ultimate sacrifice.

  • Growing a Renewable Future

    May 22, 2018

    At the very heart of Nebraska agriculture, a synergistic relationship between corn, ethanol, and livestock has been helping grow our state for decades.  Ethanol producers use corn feedstocks to produce high-quality biofuels.  Many cattle feeders prefer distillers grain, an ethanol byproduct, as they prepare corn-fed beef for the market.  This relationship between corn, cattle, and ethanol, known as the “Golden Triangle,” benefits our farm and ranch families and helps grow opportunities... read more

  • Promoting Excellence in Education

    May 15, 2018

    Strong schools that deliver an excellent education are key to vibrant communities and growing Nebraska.  This week, we celebrated some of the best examples of excellence in education by honoring 22 graduating Nebraska students who have achieved a top score of 36 on the ACT college entrance exam.  These students hail from communities across the state.  Students like these are examples of the success Nebraska students can achieve, and it is important that we help all Nebraska school kids... read more

  • May is Beef Month in Nebraska

    May 07, 2018

    From graduations to Mother’s Day, the month of May has some great reasons to celebrate.  There is another celebration in May that is particularly significant for Nebraskans.  May is Beef Month in Nebraska, a time to recognize the state’s beef producers and celebrate the many ways Nebraska leads the nation in beef.

  • Protecting the Dignity of Life

    May 01, 2018

    Nebraskans recognize and understand the dignity and value of human life.  It’s evident in the homemade billboards you see on state highways urging Nebraskans to “choose life.”  You can see it in the actions of Nebraskans who generously support pregnancy centers with their time and financial resources.  And it’s reflected in the work of state officials over the years who have put in place laws that protect unborn babies.

  • Working Together to Move Forward

    April 23, 2018

    Last week, Senators wrapped up the Second Session of the 105th Legislature in Lincoln.  With the conclusion of the session, Senators delivered several notable priorities to my desk, which will help keep our state moving forward.  From balancing the budget and tax relief to cutting red tape and raising speed limits, several areas saw progress

  • What Happened to Property Tax Relief?

    April 17, 2018

    Senators are preparing to wrap up the 2018 legislative session this week.  While the Legislature took action on issues like balancing the budget, occupational licensing reform, and streamlining speed limits on state highways, taxpayers will likely remember this session more for the Legislature’s failure to act on property tax relief.

  • A Balanced, Pro-Life Budget

    April 09, 2018

    Balancing the budget without raising taxes has been a top priority this legislative session.  We started the session with a $200 million gap between budgeted spending and projected state revenues.  In January, I made recommendations on how to cut the budget along with new pro-life budget language.  Last week, I received and signed the budget bills, which achieve our goal.  Thanks to the hard work of many, we have a balanced budget that constrains spending, puts in place new pro-life budget... read more

  • Five Reasons Nebraskans Need Tax Relief Now

    April 02, 2018

    In the closing days of the 2018 legislative session, State Senators have the opportunity to deliver major property tax relief for Nebraska’s hardworking homeowners and farm and ranch families.  The Nebraska Property Tax Cuts and Opportunities Act (LB 947) is on the agenda for legislative debate.  If enacted, this measure along with the existing Property Tax Credit Relief Fund, would deliver over $4.5 billion in property tax relief over the next 10 years.

  • Balancing the Budget and Tax Relief

    March 27, 2018

    With only a handful of days left in the 2018 legislative session, there’s a lot of work for senators to accomplish.  In the coming days, I’m working with senators on two big priorities: Balancing the budget without raising taxes and delivering major tax relief for our farm families and homeowners.