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Weekly Columns

  • Working Together on Tax Reform

    January 16, 2018

    Cutting and reforming taxes is key to growing Nebraska.  Over the years, together, the Legislature and I have done the hard work needed to hold the line on taxes.  Additionally, we have worked together to deliver over $840 million in property tax relief over four years.

  • Prioritizing Balancing the Budget and Tax Reform

    January 09, 2018

    The 2018 legislative session has commenced!  Last week, State Senators gathered at the State Capitol building in Lincoln to kick off the second session of Nebraska’s 105th Legislature.  This is a short 60-day legislative session.  From now until to mid-April, State Senators will be debating changes to the state budget and a variety of policies.   Short sessions require the Legislature to focus on high-priority issues.  During this session, many senators have said that the state... read more

  • Working Together in 2018

    December 29, 2017

    Happy New Year, fellow Nebraskans!  With the start of a new year, the Unicameral Legislature convenes in January to work on priorities Nebraskans care about.  In good times and in bad, Nebraskans work together to get things done and move our state forward.  When we see a need, we go out and meet that need.  Over the years, many of your State Senators and I have worked together on your priorities.  You don’t have to look any further than the work we did together in the 2017 session to see the... read more

  • Growing Nebraska in 2017

    December 22, 2017

    Growing our state is key to creating opportunities for the next generation.  That’s why I’ve made the vision for my administration “grow Nebraska.”  Throughout 2017, Nebraska experienced great successes and signs of growth

  • Reducing the Budget

    December 18, 2017

    Every successful organization and household has to manage a budget.  Our farmers and ranchers work to control the cost of inputs so that they operate profitably when it comes time to market their crop.  Families watch their spending so that they can meet their household needs.  Our Main Street job creators monitor their bottom line so they can deliver value to their customers, attract quality talent to their organizations, and grow opportunities.

  • Improving Operations at Health and Human Services

    December 12, 2017

    Here at the State of Nebraska, we’re working every day to build a government which is more effective and more efficient.  When I took office, I identified the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) as a priority for operational improvements.  It’s one of our state’s biggest agencies with over $1.5 billion in state funding flowing through it annually.  It’s no secret that the agency has faced challenges, but they’ve been focused on putting those in the past and running a new kind of... read more

  • Agriculture Grows Nebraska

    December 05, 2017

    Each spring, Nebraska farmers head to their fields to plant and prepare for their fall harvest.  Their individual success depends on many factors and is a key part of our state’s overall economic success.  Our farm and ranch families are the foundation of our state’s number one industry.  To grow Nebraska, we have to continue to grow opportunities for those families.

  • Promoting a Culture of Life

    November 28, 2017

    A culture of life.  It’s part of what makes Nebraska the best place to live, work, and raise a family.  This culture is evident in the way we care for each other and look out for our neighbors.  You can see it in how Nebraskans step up and care for our most vulnerable citizens, including the elderly and disabled.  It’s manifested in the work of volunteers at crisis pregnancy centers and pro-life prayer vigils held across our state each year.

  • Nebraska’s Blue Ribbon Schools

    November 22, 2017

    A quality education is one of the greatest gifts a parent can give any child.  Perhaps Martin Luther King, Jr. put it best in 1947: “The function of education, therefore, is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” 

  • Honoring Nebraska’s Veterans

    November 11, 2017

    “A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces, but also by the men it honors, the men it remembers.”  President John F. Kennedy’s words ring true now more than ever.  Each year, Veterans Day is an opportunity for Americans to set aside the things that divide our country, and celebrate the men and women who have served our country through the years.  This day is set apart to honor their service and sacrifice which have protected the freedom and liberties we hold in common as... read more