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Weekly Columns

  • Budget Balancing Progressing

    February 17, 2017

    Balancing the budget is not only a tradition in Nebraska, but it’s also a requirement because our state cannot borrow money to finance the state’s budget.  Just like Nebraska households, state government does not spend money we do not have.  This principle is so foundational to who we are as a state that Nebraska’s Constitution places strict limits on the state’s ability to borrow in Article XIII.  This fiscal responsibility has earned Nebraska the distinction of ranking second best in the... read more

  • Long-Term Property Tax Reform

    February 13, 2017

    Property taxes are without a doubt the number one topic I hear about as I travel the state.  No matter where you go, Nebraskans feel the impact of the high property taxes that have earned our state the unpleasant distinction of ranking 5th highest in the nation according to USA Today.  Nebraska’s number one industry, agriculture, has been hardest hit by property taxes with a 137 percent increase between 2003 and 2013.  Last week I shared with you the details of my plan to cut... read more

  • Tax Relief for You

    February 09, 2017

    You’ll hear me talk about growing Nebraska frequently because it’s my vision for our state.  Everything my administration does is focused on achieving this vision, which is inspired by the people of Nebraska.  Whether it’s streamlining the application process for environmental quality permits to help businesses create jobs more quickly or launching our first-in-the-nation reemployment program to help jobseekers get back to work and find new opportunities, everything we do is about growing... read more

  • Cutting Government Spending

    January 30, 2017

    Protecting taxpayers and crafting fiscally responsible budgets have been a hallmark of Nebraska Governors for decades.  Each legislative session, the Governor of Nebraska presents budget recommendations to the Appropriations Committee for consideration, and works with State Senators to balance the state budget.  As your Governor the last two years, I have collaborated with the Legislature to cut the rate of growth in government and build a culture in state agencies that respects the taxpayer... read more

  • More Effective, More Efficient Government

    January 23, 2017

    More efficient.  More effective.  More customer-focused.  These are three principles that make up the heart and soul of my administration’s mission.  In the past, I have shared with you some of the ways we have been working to transform the culture of state government to better serve the taxpayer and grow Nebraska.  From launching a first-in-the-nation reemployment program to help Nebraskans get back to work more quickly to improving services at the Department of Health and Human Services,... read more

  • Tax Relief: The Nebraska Way

    January 17, 2017

    Tax relief is key to growing Nebraska.  We have to become more competitive in order to grow the number of people in our state and opportunities for more and better paying jobs.  While this might seem like common sense, not everyone shares this view.  The new legislative session has begun and the lobbyists and special interests have returned to the State Capitol.  Some are suggesting the state should raise taxes, even though I have presented balanced budgets that restrain spending without tax... read more

  • Balancing Our Budget

    January 09, 2017

    Each year, senators come together to address important priorities on behalf of our state’s taxpayers.  In this first week of January, Nebraska’s citizen legislature returned to Lincoln.  The gravity of the responsibility of what is before us this session is humbling.  The Legislature and I need to get to work balancing our budget, controlling spending, and delivering much-needed tax relief for the citizens of Nebraska.

  • Nebraska’s Big Birthday

    December 30, 2016

    Do you know the connection between the last official document signed by President Abraham Lincoln and Nebraska?  It’s a little known fact that the last official document President Lincoln signed right before his death reappointed Nebraska’s territorial Governor.  That document is on display at the Nebraska State Historical Society.  This and other fun facts about Nebraska’s history will be highlighted through one of four new initiatives unveiled ahead of Nebraska’s sesquicentennial birthday... read more

  • Making Government Work

    December 23, 2016

    As 2016 comes to a close, it’s hard to believe that January will mark the halfway point in my term as your Governor.  My administration works daily to make state agencies more effective, more efficient, and more customer-focused.

  • Giving Back

    December 16, 2016

    The Capitol Christmas tree has officially been lit, which means the holiday season is here!  This time of year brings family and friends together around great food and long-held traditions.  It’s a time for reflection and meditation.  And it’s also a time for giving back to one another.  At its foundation, this season is a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.  The story of the Nativity and many other traditions have inspired generations of Nebraskans, and have helped us renew our... read more