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Weekly Columns

  • Break the Endless Cycle of Tax and Spend

    April 23, 2019

    This week, the Legislature’s Revenue Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on LB 289, a bill proposing the largest tax increase in the history of Nebraska.

  • New Taxes Are Coming (If Senators Don’t Stop Them!)

    April 16, 2019

    April 15th is National Tax Day, and it’s a reminder that we have a long way to go to make Nebraska more competitive on tax policy.  Overall, the Tax Foundation ranks Nebraska 24th nationally for tax climate.  As a state that relishes national championships, we should also work to be #1 in tax competitiveness, so we can grow Nebraska.

  • “Raising Revenue” Means Raising Your Taxes

    April 09, 2019

    As Nebraskans recover from the most devastating natural disaster in our state’s history, the Legislature continues to work on the next two-year budget and property tax relief.  While Senators work, it’s important that they approach these issues in a way that brings people together and provides tax relief for all Nebraskans. 

  • Pray for Nebraska

    April 02, 2019

    As we continue to recover from flooding, the effects of our state’s most widespread natural disaster will be felt in the months and years to come.  Even though great challenges lie ahead, Nebraskans have proven themselves time and again to be strong and resilient.  No matter how tough the challenge, we rise to meet it.  This time, we will do it again, and we will rebuild bigger and better than before.

  • Neighbors Helping Neighbors

    March 26, 2019

    Over the last two weeks, the response to the flooding has been incredible in both small and big ways.  The Scribner Trap Team spent Saturday helping their neighbors with clean up in Fremont.  Nebraskans came together on #NebraskaStrong Day to give $441,919 towards flood relief through a partnership with the Nebraska Broadcasters and the American Red Cross.  Nebraska and national celebrities—from Larry the Cable Guy and Hannah Huston to Justin Timberlake and Tori Kelly—have stepped up to ... read more

  • Nebraska’s Strong Communities

    March 19, 2019

    This past week will forever be remembered for the historic, devastating flooding our state experienced.  In scope of reach, we believe it is the most widespread natural disaster in our state’s history.  As Nebraskans, we will get through this together as we always have. 

  • Celebrate Nebraska Agriculture

    March 12, 2019

    It is National Ag Week in Nebraska, and we are celebrating our state’s number one industry.  This week, the Department of Agriculture and I will be visiting with some of the farm families and ranchers who are building opportunity in communities across our state and growing the food that helps feed the world.

  • Nebraska Keeps Winning

    March 05, 2019

    First in the nation for fiscal condition according to Georgetown’s Mercatus Center.  Second best for regulatory environment by Forbes’ measure and second best for cost of doing business in CNBC’s rankings.  Third best in the nation for wage growth.  Fourth best for workforce participation.  And the fifth on Forbes’ “Best States for Business” list.

  • My Top Priority

    February 26, 2019

    Since taking office, property tax relief for Nebraskans has been my top priority.  Working with the Legislature, we increased the Property Tax Credit Relief Fund by 60 percent over the past four years.  Right now, I have three property tax relief proposals before the Legislature.  This week, I will be testifying on two of them during a hearing in the Revenue Committee. 

  • Let’s Keep Nebraska Pro-Life

    February 19, 2019

    It’s well-known that Nebraska is a pro-life state.  Over the years, Senators, Governors, and pro-life advocates have worked to make Nebraska a national leader in public policy protecting the dignity of human life.  Less than a year ago, the Legislature stood with Nebraskans and voted for a pro-life budget.  This was a big step forward in protecting the dignity of human life.